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afternoon and evening, the better the conditions get. 70 by noontime. we'll be back at 7:25 for a local news update and every half hour after that. go> enjoy your friday the 13th . gi. win that home opener. see you monday. good morning. breaking news. a tense standoff in new hampshire overnight after a suspect opened fire on police, killing the town's police chief and wounding four officers. and there is a new development this morning. we are live at the scene. to the rescue. cory booker, the popular mayor of newark, new jersey, being hailed a hero after he rushed into a burning building to save his neighbors. he suffered injuries but has a lot to say about his brave deed this morning. and take the words. a hollywood screen writer accuses mel gibson of making new anti-semitic remarks and threats against his former girlfriend. but does he have an ax to grind? we're going to ask him when he joins us for an exclusive live interview "today," friday, april
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13th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this friday the 13th, i'm ann curry. >> and i'm carl quintanilla in for matt once again. we're following that breaking news this morning. a drug investigation turned deadly in greenland, new hampshire. the police chief who was killed just days from retirement. a live report from the scene straight ahead. >> all right. and also coming up we'll be talking about this fury sparked by a democratic strategist who took a swipe at mitt romney's wife, saying as a stay at home mom she never worked a day in her life. those words have struck a chord and a nerve with women all across this country and now she's apologizing, but it's definitely not put this debate to rest. we're going to hear from her
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coming up this morning. >> that's right. then as parents i think we've taught our kids to avoid strangers. right? at least we think we have. natalie certainly did. but she was stunned, even brought to tears when she put her son and his friends to the test using hidden cameras and an actor pretending to be an ice cream truck driver. she will show us what happened. >> i think it's important reporting for all parents to take a look at. and also, talking about this ad campaign that has a lot of people talking. lisa rinna, the sultry star of shows like "melrose place" and "days of our lives" in a commercial for form-fitting adult diapers. some people think it's hilarious. i think it's hilarious. >> others are blasting her for it. we'll find out what she has to say when she joins us for an exclusive interview. >> but we begin with that breaking news. five police officers shot, one killed during an investigation in greenland, new hampshire. nbc's michelle franzen is there. michelle, good morning. >> well, good morning, ann. the flag has been lowered to half-staff here in greenland, and this community just outside
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of ft. smith is devastated following the shootings that killed greenland's police chief, just days away from retiring, as well as injured four other officers. this morning authorities tell us that the suspect in this case is also dead after an intense standoff overnight. authorities say the officers were working to the from surrounding communities, and say that they were part of new hampshire's joint drug task force, and were shot while executing a search warrant at the home of suspect cullen mutrie. the attorney general says the suspect opened fire on the officers when they entered the home and then barricaded himself, along with another woman, inside. chief maloney was said to be less than two weeks away from retiring, and had been on the force for 12 years. this town and fellow officers are now trying to cope with one of the worst shootings in decades. meanwhile, overnight, authorities sent in a robot into that home, following those shootings. and that's when they say they discovered the bodies of the suspect, along with a woman. today they say that they will
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perform autopsies on those bodies, but they are treating this as a possible murder/suicide, or a double suicide at this point. and now, also, the community turns its focus back on chief michael maloney, here, and funeral preparations are under way. we're already getting word, ann, that a possible gathering, and memorial may take place tomorrow. >> that's right. and we understand from reporting that there actually was a retirement party already being planned for him. michelle franzen, thank you so much this morning. >> want to get to some of the other top stories of the morning as well. natalie morales is over at the news desk. good morning, natalie. >> good morning, carl and ann. good morning, everyone. the u.s. security council meets this morning in the wake of a failed rocket launch in north korea. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski has more. >> good morning, natalie. this rocket launch was a total bust from the very beginning. u.s. officials say that within 90 seconds of the launch of that rocket, it appeared to just fall apart in midair, dozens of
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pieces that fell harmlessly into the yellow sea, just west of the korean peninsula. now, korean officials there in the north had claimed this mission was an attempt to launch a weather satellite into space. but u.s. officials had set an alarm, this was a thinly veiled mission to test the nuclear -- or the military ability of north korea to launch a long-range missile that could ultimately reach the united states, perhaps armed with a warhead. now, this failed test is clearly a huge setback, militarily and politically, for the north korea's new leader kim jong-il. and the fear here in washington, is that the north koreans have made indications that they were preparing for an underground nuclear test. now that this rocket has failed, the concern is that the north koreans will certainly go ahead with this underground nuclear test, if for nothing else, to save face. natalie?
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>> jim miklaszewski at the pentagon. thank you, jim. a deadly standoff in modesto, california, overnight where a suspect has been holed up for hours after the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy and a civilian. earlier this morning, flames began to shoot up from the building and police told the modesto bee newspaper that the fire could have been caused by flash bang devices and tear gas used to bring the suspect out. a team of u.n. observers is set to enter syria in a bid to monitor the tenuous cease-fire. but that cease-fire is being tested this morning, already, as activists say a brief clash broke out between syrian troops and rebels today. the violence was reportedly brief and isolated near the border with turkey. the syrian opposition is calling for nationwide protests against president bashar assad's regime today. europe's most active volcano put on quite a show thursday, spewing lava and ash for the third time in the past month alone. but despite all the fire and brimstone, italian authorities did not evacuate a nearby village and the local airport
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was able to remain open. and the mayor of newark, new jersey really cares about his city's residents. mayor cory booker returned to his home last night to find his neighbor's house on fire. booker then rushed into the burning building and carried a woman down from the second floor before the fire department arrived. he was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation and second degree burns. he's since been released. as you see there he's already tweeting to let everyone know he is okay. and by the way, carl and ann, the neighbor also in stable condition thanks to cory booker. >> that's terrific news. all right. anyone who has met cory booker would think be surprised. >> the good news is he didn't have to take the shirt off and reveal the "s" underneath. a secret identity. >> let's get a check of the weather. >> the weekend for the midsection of the country is going to be very rough. we've got some very potent weather developing. a dry line, a lot of warm, moist air coming up out of the gulf with a low-level jet stream and a strong upper level jet. that's going to combine create some strong energy. we're already seeing
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thunderstorms firing up from okla tmall ahe wll up to minnesota. the severe rhek today from wichita to kansas city. tomorrow, it's even longer for a strong risk, sections of central oklahoma into kansas. a high risk in that area, a strong risk, even a wider area. so we are looking at this risk right on into sunday. well, you made it to friday, and you've made it through the most active reweather. hats been a rough week, and overnight, we got slammed with thunderstorms, heavy rain, and at this point, just a few very light showers streaming onshore. as we head throughout the day, we're going to see temperatures on the cool side. only reaching the 60s. if you're looking for the sunshine and 70s, you only have to wait until sunday. holding on to 73 by tuesday. that's your latest weather. ann? >> al, thank you. we're learning more now this morning about the case against george zimmerman in the shooting
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death of trayvon martin. this after he made his initial court appearance on thursday. nbc's kerry sanders was there. he joins us now. kerry, good morning. >> good morning, ann. george zimmerman spent another night in isolation here at the seminole county jail after his appearance in court. he'll be here for at least the next couple of weeks, as his lawyer prepares to ask a judge for his release on bond. wearing a jail-issued gray suit and hands cuffed, george zimmerman walked into the court in sanford, florida, thursday. >> mr. zimmerman, you're appearing here for your first appearance at this time for a charge of murder in the second degree. >> reporter: zimmerman's defense attorney did not ask for bond. >> that we'd like a complete sealing of that record. >> reporter: rather he requested and received a court order, sealing almost every investigative document in the case, but for the arrest affidavit. the two-page probable cause affidavit, written by state attorney investigators alleges the night that 17-year-old was shot and killed, trayvon martin,
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was profiled by george zimmerman. and that zimmerman confronted martin and a struggle ensued. >> we look forward to presenting this case in a courtroom of law. that's what we're all here. we appreciate that you're doing your job, but let us do our jobs. let the defense and let the state do their jobs. >> reporter: while defense attorney mark o'mara says he filed the not guilty me with the court, the 28-year-old former neighborhood watch captain won't be officially arraigned on the second degree murder charges until may 29th. the judge randomly selected to handle this case, the honorable jessica recksiedler. a former prosecutor, and a mother of two. >> she's got enough experience. but a case like this takes on a life of its own and she'd be well advised to call on judge perry who handled the casey anthony case. >> reporter: thursday on "today," trayvon martin's family talked of their relief now that zimmerman had been arrested. but then, sabrina fulton described her son's death as an accident. >> i believe it was an accident.
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i believe that it just got out of control, and he couldn't turn the clock back. >> reporter: later, in an interview with nbc's lester holt, an emotionally exhausted fulton clarified her statement. that she meant the chance meeting between her son and zimmerman that night was an accident. not the shooting. >> the contact that they had with each other was accidental. they should have never met each other. and that's exactly what i meant. >> reporter: defense attorney mark o'mara. >> they went through a horrible tragedy. they lost their son. we're not going to be talking about using words against a mother of a child. we're not doing that. >> reporter: now jail records in florida are open for public review. and they show that george zimmerman made some purchases at the jail commissary, including white cheddar popcorn, chocolate cream cookies, and jolly ranchers. ann? >> all right. kerry sanders, thank you so much this morning. it is now 7:11. now here's carl. >> ann, thanks. now to the presidential race. the white house is distansing
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itself from a comment made by a democratic strategist who declared mitt romney's wife has never worked a day in her life. words that have led to a new political storm over the role of women. nbc's andrea mitchell has that story. andrea, good morning. >> good morning, carl. the political campaign erupted over that offhand comment that has truly re-ignited the mommy wars. >> come on. we're going to go vote. >> reporter: the battle for the white house is a battle for women voters. >> there's been a lot of talk about women, and women's issues lately. >> this president has failed america's women. >> reporter: but mitt romney is far behind, facing a yawning gender gap that could doom his campaign, if not fixed. romney has been relying on his wife. >> and the champion in my life, my sweetheart, ann romney. >> reporter: but comments about ann romney by a prominent democratic strategist and cnn commentator are now re-ignited the gender wars. >> guess what? his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. she's never really dealt with
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the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing. >> reporter: twitter exploded. the romney campaign called it. ann romney wrote his first tweet. i made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. believe me, it was hard work. she also went on fox. >> my career choice was to be a mother. and i think all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make. other women make other choices to have a career and raise family, which i think hilary rosen has actually done herself. >> reporter: and then sarah palin weighed in. >> the comments that hilary rosen made today certainly have awakened many momma grizzlies across the nation. >> reporter: hilary rosen has been a white house ally, even a guest at the most recent state dinner. but the obama campaign quickly distanced itself from her comments. then the first lady, who worked outside the home part-time while raising her girls until the 2008 campaign, also tweeted. every mother works hard. and every woman deserves to be respected. finally, the president, saying
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he knows of no tougher job than being a mom. >> i've watched michelle. you know, who for most of her career had to juggle work and family. but there were times where she was on maternity leave and i promise you, that's work. i think this was an ill-advised statement by somebody on television. it's not something that i subscribe to. >> reporter: facing a firestorm rosen apologized for her choice of words. >> mrs. romney, i applaud your decision to stay home and raise what are obviously five wonderful boys. this is not about stay at home moms versus working moms. i think your husband needs to stand up for women's economic struggles. >> reporter: but she clearly touched a nerve, says ivillage chief correspondent carrie wallace, mother of two. >> this debate totally resonates. i think about this issue all the time. because i, of course, feel conflict like i think so many other women do. it doesn't get any more emotional, i think, than the mommy wars.
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>> reporter: hilary rosen doesn't work for the obama campaign, or the white house. but the romney forces seized on her tv remark so quickly because they know it does resonate with the very voters, independent women in swing states who likely will decide who wins the white house. carl? >> andrea mitchell in washington. andrea, thanks. and we should mention, hilary rosen and former gop presidential candidate michele bachmann will be among david gregory's guests this sunday, on "meet the press." it's now 7:15. once again here's ann. >> carl, thanks. we've now heard from douglas kennedy, the son of the late robert kennedy, for the first time since that confrontation with two nurses while he attempted to take his newborn son from a hospital maternity ward. w nbc's chief investigative correspondent is now following this case. jonathan, good morning. >> good morning, ann. douglas kennedy showed up in a suburban new york courtroom, saying it is the nurses who are to blame. his lawyer went further saying this criminal case is absurd and should be dismissed. but prosecutors say it was kennedy who got violent when nurses tried to stop him from
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walking out of the maternity ward with his 3-day-old son. >> it is okay for a father to hold his son in his arms. and it is okay for a father to want to be with his newborn baby. i -- i -- i know that in my heart. >> reporter: douglas kennedy speaking out for the first time since being charged with attacking two nurses in a hospital maternity ward back in january, after the birth of his son. kennedy says he just wanted to leave the hospital for a short time. to be with his son in the fresh air outside. as he invoked the memory of his father robert kennedy, killed when he was so young. >> my father was taken away from me when i was a baby. and i think that is certainly what makes me appreciate me being with my son. >> reporter: in january, a supervising nurse in the maternity ward the northern
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westchester hospital said the staff became concerned when they saw a man carrying his newborn, attempting to take him out of the hospital without proper authorization. security cameras show kennedy trying to get on an elevator. in an exclusive interview with nbc news, the nurses, anna margaret lane, and carrie luciano, said kennedy then attacked them. >> i wanted to make sure the baby was safe. and secure. and he brought his leg up and kicked me and i went flying through the air. >> reporter: according to the nurses, kennedy went down the stairs where he was stopped by security. kennedy says he was just trying to protect his son. he's been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and physically harassing the nurses. supporters of the nurses want tougher charges. >> it should be a felony charge, you know, because a nurse is hurt. >> reporter: kennedy's wife molly appeared in court by his side. >> unfortunately, you know, our lives have been turned upside
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down simply because my husband wanted to take a walk with his son. >> reporter: kennedy has pleaded not guilty. >> the only thing i wanted to do that night was to be with my son and to hold him in my arms. >> prosecutors say they are moving forward with the case. kennedy is due back in court on june 14th on a misdemeanor count and two violations which, if convicted, ann, could carry penalties of everything from probation to a year in prison. >> all right. thanks so much, jonathan, this morning. it is now 7:18. once again here's carl. >> ann, thanks. now to the growing controversy over the sudden resignation of best buy's ceo. brian dunn stepped down earlier this week amidst an investigation into what the retail giant's board called his personal conduct. nbc's ron mott is in chicago with the latest on that. ron, good morning. >> carl, good morning to you. this scandal could not come at a worse time, perhaps, for best buy. just last month the company announced its biggest restructuring ever. a plan to reduce costs by $800
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million over the next several years, including staff layoffs and store closings, and now an investigation that could be felt on wall street. >> how are you? michael brian dunn. >> pleasure to meet you. >> reporter: in 2 years at best buy, brian dunn went from blue shirt sales clerk all the way to the top. detailed in this cnbc documentary hosted by tyler mathisen. >> hi. >> reporter: but now the 51-year-old's dramatic plunge from grace as ceo this week, amid reports of an an inappropriate relationship with a female worker 22 years younger, is attracting far more than just water cooler attention around the electronics giant. the star tribune newspaper reports minneapolis-based best buy is investigating the potential improper misuse of company funds, by dunn, on that alleged relationship. hiring a former u.s. attorney, and former top official with the securities and exchange commission, to lead the probe. >> the best buy board of directors is conducting an investigation into dunn's personal conduct. specifically whether or not he used company resources, and that could mean just about anything,
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money, equipment, facilities. >> reporter: described as a beer and bratwurst kind of leader, dunn was a model of best buy culture to promote from within. where employees are encouraged and rewarded for embracing an entrepreneurial spirit. he was a frequent guest here on "today" during the holiday shopping season. >> i think it's a really great year to be a customer. >> reporter: yet only three years behind the big desk, dunn stunned the company by abruptly resigning tuesday. creating a public relations crisis for a company already grappling with poor stock performance and corporate earnings, as well as fading market share. >> best buy is a company in trouble right now. not only have they had to lose a ceo under circumstances that no one would describe as optimal, but they face massive competitive threats. >> reporter: in a statement released by best buy, brian dunn said, quote, i have enjoyed every one of my 28 years with this company, and i leave it today in a position for a strong future. it's the immediate past, though,
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that his long tenure may best be remembered. on his twitter account, dunn describes himself as a father of three, and husband. but the star tribune reports that complaints about his alleged relationship with a 29-year-old woman who works for the company were forwarded to the board, which prompted the investigation. in a statement wednesday, best buy said certain issues were brought to the board's attention regarding mr. dunn's personal conduct, unrelated to the company's operations or financial controls. prior to the completion of the investigation, mr. dunn chose to resign. during brian dunn's reign as ceo of best buy the company's stocks fell 35% over those three years. the company board said it will publicly disclose the results of its investigation when it's completed. carl? >> ron mott in chicago. ron, thanks. just ahead the hollywood screen writer accusing mel gibson of making hateful statements about jews, his former girlfriend and others. he'll join us for an exclusive live interview and we'll tell you what gibson has to say. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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minute and a half later, bam. it hit again. i talked to the flight aten dachblt s joorks attendant. she said the flight will be grounded. so far this morning, no reports of any delays. right now let's check in with meteorologist christina loren to find out if this is actually h i the calm after the storm. >> yes, it is. now, we're not completely out of the woods just yet, mr. kelly. we've got more showers. light showers. you can see that's happening right now in the santa cruz mountains in the vicinity. we will get some sunshine and we're going to warm you up and lose those showers by about noon today. what does that mean for the big home opener at at&t park? i think we could see a downpour throughout the course of the game. 1:30, maybe postponed to about 2:00 or 3:00. but overall it looks like that game will go on. you could see thunderstorms. we'll be watching that for you.
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66 and dryer. next week, yes, you can break out the shorts. 70s and sunshine just about every single day. switching gears we give mike a much needed break. we have an area we want to tell you about a rock slide reported at northbound 1 as you get into double slides. you want to take it easy. an area where you get backup where it's friday night typically and we have spring break in session for many students. you can see the metering lines are on. it's going to take longer than usual. back to you, john. >> thank you very much. we'll see you back in one half hour from now.
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will you try these new depend silhouette briefs for charity and prove just how great the fit is under a fantastic dress? >> are you serious? sure. >> if the goal of an ad campaign is to get somebody's attention, well this one did the job and that's lisa rinna a new commercial for, yes, adult diapers. she's going to tell us why she did it in an exclusive live interview coming up this morning. we never saw that one coming. it is now 7:30 on a friday morning. it's the 13th of april but we're still hanging in there 2012, i'm ann curry alongside carl quintanilla who is in for matt. >> also ahead this half hour, an eye-opening look at stranger danger. if you think your kid could
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never be lured in by someone they don't know, think again. coming up we're going to show you what happened when natalie put her son to the test using an innocent-looking ice cream man. >> for all parents to pay attention. but we begin this half hour with mel gibson in the hot seat once again, a screenwriter claims that gibson went on hateful anti-semitic rants and derailed a project they were working on together. we're going to talk to that writer exclusively in just a moment. first we have "today" national correspondent amy robach joining us with the story. >> ann, good morning to you. talk about a vicious war of words. it began when joe eszterhas teamed up with mel gibson to make a film about a jewish wash yore. the collaboration turned very ugly and even scary, says the writer. now the two hollywood heavy weights are going after one another. new troubles for mel gibson. >> he's moving from famous to infamous. >> reporter: in this nine page letter famed screen writer joe eszterhas fired off directly to gibson. he writes, i've come to the conclusion that the reason you
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won't make the maccabees is the ugliest possible one, you hate jews. >> joe eszterhas has lambasted mel gibson in this extraordinary, multipage letter. >> reporter: eszterhas says gibson regularly used slurs to describe jews. it all began last year when eszterhas, whose credits include "basic instinct" and "flashdance" teamed up with gibson to write the screenplay for a movie about jewish warrior jude today maccabee. gibson was to be the producer and director for the already controversial film dubbed the jewish braveheart until warner brothers stopped production. that's when eszterhas fired off his scathing letter to gibson, which leaked online. in the letter eszterhas recounts threats gibson allegedly made about ex-girlfriend oksana greg riffva, writing you said you'd become friends with two fbi agents or former fbi agents and they were going to help you to
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kill her. the letter describes wild outbursts that eszterhas said put his family in fear for their lives while staying at gibson's home. i kept the golf club by my bed and held my rosary with my other hand. >> it comes down to a battle between two hardened dinosaurs. >> reporter: it's not the first time gibson's been under fire. he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge after the infamous audio recordings with his ex-girlfriend. >> you need medication. >> you need a [ bleep ] in the side of the head, all right? >> reporter: some call gibson's 2004 film "passion of the christ" anti-semitic. a complaint he denies. several years later when arrested for drunk driving he told the officer the jews are responsible for all of the wars in the world, according to a police report. he pleaded no contest to a dui, and later apologized for the incident. gibson denies eszterhas' allegations. in a letter he sent to eszterhas
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and also provided to nbc news, gibson writes the great majority of the facts as well as the statements and actions attributed to me in your letter are utter fabrications. i would have thought that a man of principle, as you purport to be, would have withdrawn from the project regardless of the money if you truly believed me to be the person you describe in your letter. gibson says he apologized for what he called his intensity, and said he's pressing on with the project, without eszterhas' screen play. in 25 years of script development, i have never seen a more sub standard first draft or a more significant waste of time. he says eszterhas is upset because warner brothers rejected the screenplay, adding the decision not to proceed with you was based on the quality of your script, not on any other factor. >> if you believe joe eszterhas, it was a brilliant script, but mel gibson didn't like because, quote, he hates jews. if you believe mel gibson, joe eszterhas wrote a terrible
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script. >> reporter: nbc news reached out to oksana grigorieva for a response and her pr representative told us this is an extremely serious situation. there is no scenario where i think that these comments, if they were uttered by mr. gibson, are acceptable or tolerable. ann? >> all right, amy robach. thank you so much for your reporting. now joe eszterhas is joining us exclusively. joe eszterhas, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> what was, in your view, the most egregious episode that you say you witnessed? >> well, the most egregious episode had to do with my 15-year-old son nick who was with us in costa rica as mel's guest. and mel shared with him a pornographic scenario that i can only call sexual butchery, that fantasized in terms of oksana. nick is 15 years old. and to put this kind of imagery into a 15-year-old boy's head, i
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think is heinous. i think it's vile. and i think it's unforgivable. and you know, i wonder, in my letter i said to him, would you tell your own sons this kind of thing, and fill up their heads, and that's the most egregious thing. >> well, if this is true, why would you stick it out and finish a screenplay with a man -- >> well, i -- >> -- who said such a thing in your view, in your story, to your 15-year-old son. >> i didn't have anything to do with mel personally since that incident. we were supposed to spend -- we were supposed to go on his plane to his house in malibu afterwards. i canceled those plans because i didn't want my wife and my son around him. and i never saw him. and i never spoke to him after that. the script is a different matter. i had a contract to do the script. i was very excited about doing the script because it's a wonderful story. truly inspiring story of
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glorious heroism. i agreed to do scripts about anti-semitism, and also spiritual conversion in 2001. and when the notion of doing a biblical piece about jewish heroism was suggested to me, i jumped at it. i have my background is one of the reasons i did. my dad in the early '90s was accused of having committed war crimes in hungary during world war ii. and while he wasn't deported or prosecuted, to me, it was obvious that the osi, many of the osi charges were accurate. so in terms of sins of the fathers, i tried to work very hard to atone for a sin, and to tell the story of the maccabees in this glorious way, this triumphant way. i jumped at it. one of the first red lights that i got that really put me off is mel said to me, that he wanted to do a movie, and this was
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after we had contracted it, and done the warner brothers deal, he wanted to do a movie that would convert the jews to christianity. that's not the hack abees. the maccabees is truly a jewish braveheart. the piece i wrote is a jewish braveheart. i'm proud of it, and that's why i asked in the letter for him to give it back. >> you know, joe, this is really bombing a he said, he said situation. what proof do you have, because so far you're the only source of this information that -- that mel gibson had these rants and said these things. what proof do you have? >> i would be happy, i would be happy to answer that. i have a tape that my 15-year-old son made in the -- in the middle of a violent harangue in costa rica, threatening harangue where he said the vie vent and most threatening things. he was fighting about what was going to happen. there are also witnesses. you know there are witnesses, there were other people in costa
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rica with us. my wife was there. the house manager was there. the situation in costa rica was so bad that the help said that there are kids, get out of the house and hide because he was so out of control. my son nick wound up snatching a butcher knife from the kitchen and sleeping with it under his pillow because he was so frightened. >> you know, as we just heard in amy robach's report that mel gibson released a statement. he's called everything you said utter fabrications and he's called your script substandard -- substandard. are you planning to release this videotape that you say you have that -- that is proof of what you're alleging? >> i don't know. i don't know what i'm going to do with the videotape. i'll tell you this, in his response to me, he said these were utter fabrications, and two paragraphs later he apologized and said i want to make it clear about if these are fabrications, why is he apologizing? i don't like to be called a liar. you know. and i'm not the first person who
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has described this kind of behavior. other people have seen it. this particular behavior in terms of threats to oksana, especially, i think is really threatening. >> so why are you going public? why are you on television this morning making this public? >> i didn't go -- i didn't go public. the -- the -- somehow the internet organ called the rap found my letter. and mel denied it. and i'm not going to stand for people calling me a liar. >> all right. well, joe eszterhas with a lot to say this morning. we appreciate your taking the time. i know it's very early where you are. so thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> now let's get a check of the weather from al. >> all right. thank you so much. and we've got a couple of twins here. what's your name? where are you from? >> detroit. >> all right. like detroit. nice to see you guys. and your first trip to new york. let us see what's going on, show you for today.
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we are looking at some more heavy weather out west where they're seeing a lot of rain, a lot of wind, from los angeles up to the medford border in oregon. we're looking at some areas rainfall one to two inches of rain in san francisco to monterey. heavy snow in the sierra. we're talking about anywhere from 18 to 24 inches in some local areas. so watching a lot of snow and a lot of rain out west. 750 lightning strikes in the bay area. we are getting a nice break. good friday morning to you. i'm meteorologist christina lor loren. as you can see, we do have some isolated thunderstorm cells developing offshore. we can see those stray onshore as we head throughout the day today. highs are going to end up in the 50s, but the overall nature of the showers coming down in the bay area have lightened up. they're very scattered. as we head throughout the day, big home opener at at&t park.
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1:30. >> and that's your latest weather. ann? >> all right, al, thank you so much. coming up next, natalie puts her son to the stranger danger test, and is brought to tears by what happens. her hidden camera report right after this. [ female announcer ] with depression, simple pleasures can simply hurt. the sadness, anxiety, the loss of interest. the aches and pains and fatigue. depression hurts. cymbalta can help with many symptoms of depression. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens, you have unusual changes in behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18. people taking maois or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta. taking it with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners may increase bleeding risk. severe liver problems, some fatal, were reported. signs include abdominal pain and yellowing skin or eyes. tell your doctor about all your medicines,
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series. good morning. >> good morning to you, carl. it really is an eye opener. you probably think, my child would never accept a treat from a stranger. let alone climb inside his car. well that's certainly what i thought. but watch and see just how easy it can be. even though a stranger abducting a child is rare, we still make every effort to teach our kids how to be safe. but will they remember those lessons when it matters? when we tested kids in the past, most were easily tricked. whether it was the lure of a puppy -- >> you've got a puppy? >> i cannot believe that they opened the door. i am shocked. >> reporter: -- or a man with a badge. >> just don't be alarmed. everything is okay. i'm with the sheriff's department. >> reporter: kids forgot what they had been taught. and let the stranger into the house. >> you failed. >> well, he had a badge. >> he had the badge. >> hey, guys.
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>> reporter: so how will kids react to a promise of free ice cream and a tour of the truck? i'm going to put my son josh and his friends to that test. >> hi, my name is josh. >> my name is malcolm. >> reporter: my friends and i are watching the hidden cameras as the fake ice cream man interrupts our boys while they work on a poster for the military. >> well you know what? my company gives out free ice cream to people who do things for the troops. you guys want some? >> yeah. >> yeah, okay. >> reporter: hudson and malcolm follow the ice cream man. but not my son josh. >> you don't want to come? want some ice cream? >> reporter: he stays behind the table. >> come on, josh. >> pick it up. >> reporter: oh, my gosh. they all want the ice cream. but will they go in the truck to get it? >> you guys ever been in an ice cream truck? >> no. >> reporter: we prepare ourselves to see what the boys will decide. >> no! >> no? >> i want to go in. >> come on, guys. >> reporter: hudson and malcolm
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don't even wait for our actor to pull out the stool. they dive right into the truck. >> oh, you want to climb? >> oh! >> oh, this is cool. >> right? >> reporter: but my son hangs back. >> is this really the ice cream truck? >> yeah. >> reporter: oh, my gosh. i knew he was going to get on that truck. still, it's hard for me to watch. >> you want the spider-man? you got dora the explorer? >> that one. >> reporter: i'm like partly almost crying. i can't believe that. >> you want this one? >> i'll have that one. >> reporter: he got on that truck with him. and there is so much more to see of this report. including a second part to that test with my son and his friends. and the emotional reunion as i reveal it was all a test. it was a real parenting moment, carl. as much as i have talked to my kids about this, you know, it's really hard when it comes to peer pressure. he saw his friends get on that truck and he followed them right
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in. >> you can see how emotional it is. it's a little emotional for me. >> it is, i know. >> what is the takeaway for parents? after all the talking, how do you know if they've gotten it? >> that's really the key. talking to the parenting experts they say you really have to role play all of the different scenarios, you hear what the child predators, we report on it all the time. you've got to role play these things. make sure the message is very clear, and tell them what they should do in these situations. because, you know, you don't want your kid to have to go through that in real life. >> by the way, we should mention that this is the first of several topics you're going to cover over time. what are some of the other ones? >> teens and driving, texting and driving, also will they get in a car with someone who they think is drunk or has been using drugs. we also deal with cheating. and we talk about discrimination. great series. >> fantastic, natalie. can't wait. thank you so much. and of course cou can see on a very special "dateline" "my kid would never do that" sunday night at 7:00, 6:00 central right here on nbc. up next a look at the wreck of the "titanic" like never before. 100 years after the sinking of
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>> ann, it is here in halifax where many of those who lost their lives 100 years ago are buried. some of the gravestones have names. some do not. this is the very simple headstone of a j. dawson. probably joseph dawson, and not the fictional character jack dawson who was played by leonardo dicaprio in the film "titanic." ♪ when the "titanic" set sail on its maiden voyage in 1912, it was the biggest ship ever built. the length of an 80-story building. believed to be unsinkable. >> iceberg dead ahead, sir. >> reporter: but what man had made, nature's cold hand quickly undid. in just under three hours, the ship took on water and sank to the ocean floor. over 1,500 lives were lost. as headlines spread the news to
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the world, the details of what exactly happened. 2 1/2 miles below the ocean's surface for decades. >> the boiler. >> reporter: in 1986, a team led by robert ballard delivered the first incredible pictures of the wreck, as underwater technology advanced, answers started to come, including, how the ship broke apart. >> broken in two. those two pieces are separated by about six football fields. so you have the bow up here, the stern here. six football fields in between. but there's a much larger area around that where objects spilled out of the ship as it sank. >> reporter: an expedition launched by rms "titanic" incorporated and their partners took on an unparalleled effort in 2010, to shoot the "titanic" in 3-d and thoroughly map the wreck site. it is the subject of an upcoming history channel documentary. >> the object of this expedition was simply to find out what's there, because how do you begin
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to manage something if you don't even know what's out there. >> reporter: sonar robots lay a grid across a 15-square-mile section of the ocean. every significant piece of the "titanic" wreckage noted and brought to life through 3-d and graphic imagery. >> it's like csi "titanic" that we're now able to come into this crime scene, and inspect that scene, and little by little put that ship back together again and take it back up to the surface. so it was kind of neat. >> reporter: doorways lying in muck give hints to the grandeur of the ship's rooms. dots on a sonar scan become giant boilers 15 feet in diameter. a telltale brass whistle gives away the resting place of the iconic smokestack. shoes and cups are ghostly reminders of the long-ago tragedy's human toll. >> we can't help but realize that there were 2200 plus stories that were played out that night. and there were so many stories left to be told. >> reporter: as "titanic"
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explorers james cameron, robert ballard, and others endeavor to document and protect the site, they bump up against the indifferent hand of time. once one of man's awesome creations, rust and the shifting ocean floors will eventually wipe the "titanic" away. until all that's left are pictures, history, and the memory of what was. and while it has been 100 years, interest in the mystery of what happened in the final hours of the doomed "titanic" has never really diminished. there are two cruises this weekend visiting halifax and this cemetery to pay tribute to those who lost their lives aboard a ship they said could never sink. ann? >> really, well done reporting. kevin tibbles this morning. thank you. by the way, you can see "titanic 100 years" later on the history channel on sunday night.
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good friday morning, everybody. the time is 7:56. i'm john kelly. the search for sierra lamar continues. yesterday they spent the day targeting five areas in the chess breabro area. that's close to morgan hill. there were sonar images taken earlier this week. so far they have found nothing linked to this case. tomorrow there will be another volunteerer is frp f er is frer 15-year-old who's been missing since march 16. time now for a check on your weekend weather forecast. let's check in with meteorologist christina loren. >> goodmorning, good news. you made it through the bulk of the storm. we had over 750 lightning
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strikes reported in the bay area overnight. and now we're starting to see more of those isolated thunderstorms develop over the pacific. so we're still fair game for thunderstorms, although definitelyas active as it was last night. by noon we're going to warm down the chance. what does that mean for the giants home opener? i think we'll be dodging rain from tomb to time. won't be an all out rain. close to the game is when we're expecting any moisture to come to at&t park if indeed it does. hopefully it stays nice and dry. if you're headed out there, bring your jacket. windy and cold at the park today. 66 on saturday. if you're looking for outdoor activities, you can make your plans sunday and monday. staying nice and comfortable. peak warmth on tuesday. how does 73 degrees and sunshine sound, john? >> sounds spectacular, christina. thank you very much.
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essentially about adult diapers, for depends. so a lot of people find it hilarious. and we're going to find out what she has to say about it, whether she has to tell us something, lisa. we're going to find out about that coming up this morning in live interview. >> my toddlers still wear pull-ups and it works for them. let's just join right in. also the hip new hbo show "girls" premieres on sunday that's already getting a lot of buzz, thanks in part to one of its stars, allison williams, the daughter of brian williams here at nbc. >> she's very talented. >> yes. >> very talented. >> and she's gotten her look from obviously jane. >> her mother. >> she is beautiful, jane is. >> yes, she is. >> and brian is a good-looking man, yes, he is, anyway. continue. >> yeah, sure he is. always wears a nice shirt. anyway, is it the find of a lifetime or just a worthless piece of paper? we'll tell you why one person is suing over a $5 find at a garage sale that they believe is worth $130 million in coca-cola stock. >> i know. that sounds like a dramatic story. >> what a story.
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meantime talking about stories, let's go inside once again, and natalie morales is standing by. >> good morning, ann, carl and al. good morning, everyone. a tense standoff in new hampshire during the night led to the shootings of five police officers, one of them killed just days before retirement. police were trying to serve a drug-related search warrant at a house in the small town of greenland when the suspect inside opened fire. the police chief michael maloney was killed less than two weeks before he was set to retire after 26 years on the force. the suspect and a woman were found dead inside the home. an embarrassment for north korea this morning after its much-touted rocket failed shortly after launch. the long-range rocket which was carrying a satellite split into pieces over the yellow sea. the south korean military is now scouring those waters for debris. and this morning, united nations secretary-general slammed the launch as deplorable and in violation of the security council. george zimmerman, accused in
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the shooting death of florida teen trayvon martin, remains behind bars this morning in an isolated cell under protective watch. on thursday, zimmerman appeared in court a day after prosecutors charged him with second degree murder. but he did not yet enter a plea, nor did his attorney request bail. an arraignment has been set for may 29th. and now let's head to wall street where encouraging signs from china and europe drove the dow even higher on thursday. cnbc's courtney reagan is at the new york stock exchange. good morning, what can we expect there today? >> hi, good morning, natalie. today is a new day and it's shaping up to be a very active one as markets head into the finish line of a very volatile week. today investors will be weighing somewhat disappointing economic growth data out of china with better than expected earnings here in the u.s. google reporting $10.08 per share profit plus announcing a new class of nonvoting stock and jpmorgan also beating the street with its latest earnings report. natalie? >> courtney reagan. we'll be watching what happens there today. thank you. >> thank you. now for a look at what's
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trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. there's no love lost on twitter. 19-year-old frances bean cobain wants her mom courtney love banned from using the site. this after her wild twitter rant where she accuses him of shacking up with her daughter. a claim he says is untrue. twitter and facebook users are reposting a new study that finds men who drink a couple of beers are smarter and are able to solve problems faster than those who are sober. one of the researchers believes the findings may signify that men are a tad tipsy, when they are a tad tipsy they tend to be a little more creative. and this is one way to take out your frustrations if you've ever lost patience at the car dealership. take a look at what the security camera video shows from russia. it's wracking up a lot of hits online. a moscow doctor apparently snapped after waiting 20 minutes to pick up his car and then rammed the loaner car that he had through the dealership and into all the cars in the show room. he now faces five years in prison.
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unbelievable. 8:04 right now. let's go back outside to ann and carl. just after waiting 20 minutes. can you imagine? that's not bad at all. >> natalie, thank you so much. let's check to see what al's got cooking. >> hey, al. we've got a baby over here. what's his name? >> this is caitlin. >> oh, her name. i'm sorry. how old is she? >> she's 8 months. >> oh, there you go. now we know that's a caitlin. all right. what a cutie. let's find out about your weather. a lot of rain in los angeles. nbc4, showers, thundershowers. 59 degrees. and in the midwest we've got a risk of strong storms today. late afternoon and midnight from wichita falls to kansas city, looking at tornadoes possible. then we move into tomorrow, we've got a high risk of tornadoes from central oklahoma in to central kansas, a strong risk from iowa in to northern texas, slight risk from central texas in to western illinois,
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and we are talking about anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of rain locally, between oklahoma city and st. louis. but the big risk of these tornadoes, and it extends all the way in to sunday. so we are going to be keeping a very, very close eye on the weather situation in the midwest this weekend. weather has diminished, but we still have popup thunderstorms we're watcng for you. good morning. i'm meteorologist christina loren. you can see the spotty cells starting to develop over the pacific. those are little thunderstorms. so we're still fair game for thunderstorms and light showers through the second half of the day. the good news is you made it through the bulk of the moisture. highs on the cool side and windy as well, but that's good news. maybe some delays. the game goes on at at&t park, 1:30. coming up next, what is lisa rinna doing in a new commercial for adult diapers? she'll explain in this exclusive
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marketed as a slimmer, sexier product? >> hey, guys. >> reporter: 48-year-old actress lisa rinna is a fashion icon known for her red carpet style and slim physique. but these days, the actress has a secret underneath her little black dress. and it's not spanx. >> lisa has tried on and is currently wearing the new defends silhouettes for women. >> reporter: rinna is in a new ad for depends. that's right. she's sporting a pair of adult underwear. >> what i love about the new silhouette is it makes a woman feel confident. and it's fashionable. >> reporter: fashionable? adult underwear? that's the goal of depends new line, silhouette for women, that targets baby boomers. >> you can't tell i have it on. >> reporter: and the ads are much different than previous depends campaigns. >> you've got a lot of living to do. >> reporter: rinna says she does not regularly wear the depends products but she is a paid spokesperson. she says she did the ad because the company agreed to donate
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$225,000 to the charity, dress for success. >> i did it because i am a champion for positive self-image for women. >> this is a case where marketing is actually going to help an underserved audience that has needed help for a long time. >> reporter: inconsequence nens is a loss of bladder control that affects approximately 26 million americans. reality tv star kris jenner was teased about her bladder condition on an episode of "meet the kardashians." >> i am not going to wear a diaper. >> reporter: rinna says she hopes her role in the ads can bring the topic of incontinence out into the open. >> they're taking this product, which is now going to serve a younger, hipper, cooler audience, and making it sexy and hot. so you can't see it and you won't be embarrassed by it. >> reporter: and the ad is appearing on television and on the internet. depends is also using some nfl players in their new campaign, so it's not just younger women they're targeting here ann. >> natalie, thank you. lisa rinna is now joining us
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exclusively. lisa, good morning. >> good morning, ann. how are you? >> i'm good. well, the question is how are you? i mean when i first saw this ad, i tell you i thought it was an "snl" spoof. and comedian jimmy fallon tweeted actress lisa rinna is the new spokesperson for depends adult diapers. yet, yeah, the story wasn't supposed to get out but it leaked. >> how fabulous is that? >> were you trying to make us laugh? >> you know, when i was shown the creatives for this commercial, i thought it was genius. i, too, thought it was like an "snl" skit. and i thought it was so funny, and it was taking this issue that so many people suffer from and turning it on its head. and i absolutely loved it. literally when they sent me the creative they had me in a leopard dress walking the red carpet, and i was sold. right there and then >> you know that your ad has been trending on the internet and even sort of underlying and predictable mineness that we might see on twitter, despite that is there -- there's a feeling beneath all of it that
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you're too young to do this. what do you want to say to this? >> well, you know, i don't use the product. i tried it on. it's called the great american try-on. and i tried it on for charity. so it's not something that i use. i do hear all of the meanness and whatnot, but i did because i think it's something that -- that can help women, and if they see me in this product, and it somehow makes them feel better about themselves and less ashamed to go out into the world, i say why not? it was so much fun, i got to work with my husband. it was a win-win situation all around. i think it's hilarious and i loved every minute of it. and we're having a ball. >> did you have to drag him into this? did you have to convince him? >> well, i did, yes. >> what did you say? >> which i always have to do, ann. i always have to convince harry. harry is a baby boomer so he knows that this is going to be the largest generation aging in the history of mankind. and he knows how important this product is.
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and now that it looks and feels like underwear, it's such a great message to get out that you can be sexy and feel good about yourself, and wear this product. i mean, i have that -- that underwear on underneath that dress. >> and having your husband kind of feel you up as you're wearing it in this longer version >> yes, my husband does feel me up in the longer version. happily so. i mean, he is my husband. >> and i understand that's, i think, posted on the internet as i -- as i'm understanding. so now are we going to see you do more of these commercials because you are a spokesperson for depends? >> well, that's a good question. i just am contracted to do one. but who knows. gosh, wouldn't that be an interesting thing that i become the face of the depend garment? >> well, you know, what's next? you know, there's denture cream, lisa. >> well -- who knows, ann. so far i have all my teeth. but, hey, you know, i am -- i am a woman aging. and we will all age, and we will
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all die in the end. so let's have fun doing it. >> you know, lisa, what's really great about this is you're helping us laugh, and that's really terrific. thanks so much for do joining us this morning. you know, and giving us this great laugh. >> oh, thank you. i hope everybody's enjoying it. >> all right. okay. lisa rinna this morning. still ahead this morning, susan boyle, the musical. we're going to take a look at the new stage show about her unlikely rise to fame. and also coming up, actress allison williams, the daughter onr th.n williams on her new right after this. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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you never, ever text him back. >> maybe you could call him. if you think texting is the lowest form of communication. >> the lowest, that would be facebook, chat, then texting, then e-mail, then phone. face-to-face is of course ideal. >> then how am i supposed to get him face-to-face if he refuses to text me? >> this morning, that's a conversation for our times. good morning to you. >> yes, good morning. thank you for having me. i think it's a very accurate depiction of what it's like to be in your early 20s in new york. >> talk about buzz. it's being called groundbreaking. a testament to this generation. what's -- what's it like going through all the attention, even before the premiere? >> yeah, well that's really exciting. i mean you hope that when you do something like this that people will react to it. we certainly thought it was something special but you can only dream about that kind of thing. i owe a lot of that to selena, she's a genius. she's also the star of it. >> yeah, well, and you were
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called your character's name is maureen. >> that's right. >> tell us about her. because she's really struggled. >> she's very type-a, she doesn't look like she struggles with a lot of things. the moments where she does, where you start to see her coming apart at the seams are really, really fun for me to act through and also just, i think, to watch hopefully. and i felt a lot of sisterhood with her because i'm a little type-a. >> where did you get that from? >> i don't know. >> yeah. >> you should probably mention this videotape that your father posted which is stunning. the videotape of you singing. >> oh. >> this -- >> i think we should listen to it. >> oh, great. >> this is from a couple years ago. ♪ ♪ >> so you were obsessed with the theme of mad men. >> i was. >> and you put it to the lyrics of nat king cole's classic.
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>> yes. >> got the attention of the executive producer. >> yes. >> which led to "girls." >> yeah. he got in touch with my agent and said make sure allison auditions, i think she has kind of the right energy we're looking for for marnie. the fact that he's able to see that in the clip is so amazing. and i worked my butt off to perfect the audition. and here i am. >> we should mention the show does deal with some adult themes. >> that is true. >> some profanity. some mature themes. we've all had the situation where you're watching something with your parents and it's like, awkward! >> yeah. >> but in this case you're in it. what was it like watching with your dad and your mom. >> it's unique when you're in it. but they lived through the filming of it with me and every time i'd read a new script i'd come home so excited. i'd feel like it was kind of their second or third time seeing all the material because they felt like they lived through it with me the first time. but it was really, really fun being able to share it with them. and i think they're very proud. >> well no kidding they're proud. you also were saying they were cool. >> they are cool. they're very cool. >> congratulations, allison. >> thank you so much.
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>> it's so great to see a dream come true for a talented young person. >> that's so nice. >> thank you. >> whether or not she's the daughter of -- >> irrelevant. >> irrelevant. >> thank you. >> thanks. >> of course you can catch the series premiere of "girls" sunday night on hbo. >> that's right. and now we want to tell you what could be the ultimate garage sale find. one man's heirs say that his $5 purchase of an antique oil stock certificate entitles them to nearly 2 million shares of stocks in coca-cola worth an estimated $130 million. but the soda giant says, no way. here's nbc's mike taibbi with the story. >> reporter: here's the stock certificate. for shares purchased in 1924 in the palmer union oil company. the certificate endorsed by the buyer but not assigned to anyone. ♪ so, tony ma reason, the yard sale treasure hunter and fan of get rich quick reality shows like storage wars and pawn star signed his time.
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learned about the connection to the coca-cola company and announced to his daughter genie and the rest of the family how much he was convinced his garage sale find was worth >> $130 million. >> reporter: it's like a bearer bond says family attorney, like a blank check. >> today, that certificate is exchangeable for approximately 1.8 million shares of coca-cola common stock. >> reporter: with coca-cola's share price hovering around $72, that's how the marrone pegs their worth at $130 million. ♪ >> reporter: but not so fast said the judge in the case, saying that the claim, this is a new version of the beverly hillbillys. he said that old oil company stock certificate was signed before babe ruth hit 60. back when the country was celebrating the election of calvin coolidge. and that the eight or nine mergers of companies that followed the oil company's demise and led ultimately to coca-cola, left him a little skeptical of the family's eye-opening claim.
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it's justifiable skepticism said the expert on old stock certificates consulted by both sides. >> i would say the value would be as a collectible which is maybe $10 or $20. >> reporter: still ebay right now has offers to sell palmer union stock certificates at prices ranging from several hundred to more than $1,000 apiece. for her part, jamie marrone says she'd like the money but won't be upset if she wins. the company says shares of palmer union oil were never convertible into shares of the coca-cola company and calls the claim meritless. jamie says she's just fulfilling her father's request. >> we're a hard-working family and just doing what our dad wanted us to do. >> reporter: for "today," mike taibbi, nbc news, los angeles. >> and now here's carl. >> ann, thanks. susan boyle's dramatic rise to superstardom is now being recreated on the stage, and it has her full approval and participation. nbc's keir simmons is in london. keir, good morning.
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>> hey, carl, good morning. you know, every performance of susan boyle is such a struggle. yet at the end of this quite unusual musical about her, she herself comes on and sings "i have a dream." a dream that really has not been easy. >> please welcome susan boyle. >> reporter: another big moment for susan boyle. ♪ i dreamed a dream in time gone by ♪ >> reporter: yet each night it's never quite certain she will show up. ♪ a life worth living >> reporter: the musical about her life recently opened in northern england. tells the story of her discovery on a talent show. ♪ i dreamed a dream in time gone by ♪ >> reporter: and how at 47 she waited in line, hungry for her big break.
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and later, after the fact, a nervous breakdown. susan hand picked scottish actress elaine smith to play her. they even look alike. >> i think it really speaks to her initially when she saw me and the way she said, oh, no. >> reporter: the musical reveals that at 17 she had her first and only date. her perfect date. ♪ >> reporter: but her life has been far from perfect. early poverties, a difficult journey. thousands are coming to listen, including these fans from utah, georgia and california. >> she did her show in london. we saw her there. and we've been to new york. seen her at the stage show. >> reporter: now a millionaire with three hit albums and a best-selling book, last month she was spotted shopping in a thrift store. and riding a bus. still struggling with her fame.
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>> somebody who, you know, is known in their own neighborhood and then is suddenly known right across the world, i don't know how you deal with that. >> reporter: for a time she couldn't. she is still battling her demons. every night the real susan boyle closes the show. but can she keep up the pace? susan boyle's story isn't over yet. and if this musical is a test in northern england and scotland, it could come here to london. there's even talk, carl, of a tour of the united states. that is if susan boyle can keep performing. >> keir simmons, thank you very much. that story never gets old. >> no it it really doesn't. she's so fascinating. >> still ahead we're going to debunk the most popular myths about dieting. >> i have heard about this. all kinds of ideas.
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good friday morning to you. it is 8:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. sandbags in san francisco's mission district to protect against flooding from last night's storms. showed you this yesterday morning, flooded with sewage and rainwater. created a mess in homes and businesses, the kind of flooding that happened there before. public works spent millions improving sewer lines in 2008 trying to prevent stormwater system from overflowing, but it is clear there's still a lot of work to be done. what about the morning commute?
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check in with meteorologist christina loren pulling double duty. >> traffic and weather going hand in hand. chp say there are no major accidents, just ponding on local highways. flooding in san bruno, 101 southbound, ramp to westbound 380, you'll find major delays with at least two lanes blocked there. live golden gate bridge, show you the traffic moving through. a little slow down you can see there. good news, that highway is starting to dry out. same for 880 in oakland. friday light resumed, even though it is 8:27 in the morning. heart of rush hour. no delays. laura, back to you.
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8:30 now on a tgif friday morning. the 13th of april, 2012. we have a massive crowd outside here on rockefeller plaza getting a head start on their weekend plans. we're so happy that they decided to join us this morning. i'm ann curry alongside carl quintanilla. natalie morales is joining us.
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coming up, it's about a 9-year-old boy who essentially inspired a community by created a basically an arcade out of cardboard boxes. and a video made about it went viral, and you're not going to believe the end of this story. it's very, very cool. i can't wait to show you. >> also ahead. another guy who lives this dreams capturing these amazing images of creatures who call africa home. look at this. we're going to share some of his stunning photos in just a little bit. >> that's so cute. also we're going to catch up with oscar winner robert duvall as he's working on a new film. but also jill rappaport got to be up close and personal at him in his ranch in virginia with all of his beautiful horses. right up jill's alley. >> and we're also going to take a tour of some fantastic homes. amazing what you can get around the country for $200,000 or less. barbara corcoran will be here with amazing values. >> all right meantime tell us
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about the weather this weekend. >> this weekend we've got a lot of severe weather to talk about unfortunately. right, smack dab in the middle of the country where we don't need it. we've got a high risk of strong storms from texas in to iowa. we've got a slight risk stretching from texas. sunshine in the pacific northwest. sunny and mild along the east coast. then on sunday, sunday, more strong storms, mid-mississippi river valley down to the south and up into the great lakes. sunny and mild along the west coast. look for some showers moving into new england. across upstate new york and the central great lakes. heavy rain and severe thunderstorms that came through overnight. right now, a few popup thunderstorms. a cell is situated there. elsewhere, we have blue skies. san francisco, for instance. you can see on the radar little cells come on shore through the day. it will be cool, cloudy, breezy.
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by tomorrow, sunshine, upper 60s inland, lots of sunshine on tap for sunday. >> and that's your latest weather. you know if you want that weather any time of the day or night, this weekend, check out the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. now let's head down to captiva island and say hello to uncle willie. >> ah, beautiful florida where the sun always shines, even today. look at that. who could ask for more. happy birthday from smucker's, how sweet. martha solmer from madison, florida. she loves to sing at her church and work on the flower arrangements. annie cox from atlanta georgia, 105 years old today and she reads newspapers every single day. keeps up with everything, and loves to be with her family. how nice. joseph cunningham, yonkers, new york, 100 years old today.
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lifelong musician and has a great habit. now he's taken up painting. he's an artist. we so anne adamov from dalton, ohio. she loves to dance the hula and teach others. the hula! we have marvin and ethel wily from sac city, iowa. they've been married for 75 years and they love to hold hands and kiss good night and good morning and noon. i like that. rosalie voorhies from omaha, nebraska, says keep moving and everything will be great. now back to that great city on the hudson. >> all right, willard, thank you so much. have you seen king's arcade? a viral video of a 9-year-old boy who made an entire arcade out of cardboard boxes has racked up more than a million hits and made this little boy's dream come true. here's nbc's miguel almaguer.
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>> reporter: in this rough section of east l.a., wedged between these piles of scrap and rundown cars, a 9-year-old boy built his dream. how'd you come up with all these ideas? >> i started with a basketball net that i threw into a box, and it kept getting bigger. >> reporter: last year he set up shop in front of his dad's shop. >> he's got a big imagination. he dreams big. >> reporter: he turned an endless supply of cardboard and tape into cane's arcade. but there was a problem. i heard when people first came by nobody wanted to play. is that true? >> yeah. >> reporter: how come? >> i don't know. >> reporter: weeks turned to months. nothing. no customers until one day -- >> his dad told me that i was his first and only customer. >> reporter: filmmaker nirvan walked in the door looking for a car part when instead he found inspiration. >> my name is caine and i'm 9 years old.
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it's open weekend saids oenl s only. >> reporter: his story was turned into a ten-minute movie. >> when you score a point, he would crawl into the box and he pulls out these little tickets out of the side of the cardboard. >> like real arcade games, tickets come from the bottom >> and i was like, this kid is a genius. >> reporter: it nearly had it all. drama, suspension, determination. it just needed a happy ending. >> we hatched a plan to invite everybody in l.a. to come play caine's arcade. >> reporter: word spread on the web. cameras were there when a little boy's dream -- >> what's going on over here? >> reporter: became a storybook ending. >> we finally got some customers here. >> we want to play! ♪ >> reporter: caine's arcade went viral. kids loved it. >> i don't know what to say. you are just famous. >> reporter: and parents did, too. strangers didn't just watch. they gave. $100,000 donated to a college fund for caine.
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what do you want to be when you grow up? >> someone that invents games. >> reporter: you already did that, huh? pretty good at it? >> yeah. >> reporter: one little boy who thought outside the box. inspired countless others to dream. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> go caine, go. coming up next, what you need to consider before taking out a reverse mortgage. but first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪
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back at 8:39. this morning on "today's money," a crash course on reverse mortgages. they can help guarantee you stay in your home, but they may not be for everyone. jean chatzky is "today's" financial editor and author of "money rules." jean, good morning to you. >> nice to see you. >> this sounds a little complicated but because the recession has made people worry about their retirement over the next few years you're getting asked about it a lot, aren't you? >> all the time.
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and from younger people. the number of people in their 60s who are actually looking at this, has started to really creep up. >> what exactly -- let's break it down and explain what it is. reverse mortgage by definition is -- >> is you are pulling the equity back out of your home. you're taking a chunk of that equity, you're converting it into cash. you can get it in one of three ways. as a stream of income payments kind of like a pension. you can get it as a lump sum. you can also get it as a line of credit that you can draw on when you need it. you have to be 62 years old to qualify, we should point that out. >> some of the pros, obviously you get that guaranteed source of income so you don't need to worry as much. but then the ability to stay in your home over time -- >> you get that, the ability to stay in your home over time. di you've moved out for 12 months at which point the bank has the right to get back the money. even if you drain almost all the equity from the home you can still stay there. the bank can't force you to
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move. >> some of the cons. fees are kind of pricey. >> these are not inexpensive loans, yeah. you're looking at fees of anywhere from a couple thousand dollars up to $10,000. you also have to realize you can't get all the equity out of your home. you can get anywhere from 60% to 80% of the value of your home. and as you get older, these get more attractive, because the bank computes the amount of money that you're going to receive based on the amount of time that they think that you're going to live. >> you mention these have historically gone to older borrowers. the average age was somewhere around 73? >> but it's starting to fall. >> right. now the age is between 62 and 64. >> it's up by about 15% over the last decade or so. and again, we think this is because people have been so hard-hit by the recession, that they're looking for a way to make up that retirement income that they just didn't capture. >> let's say for a moment that you're going to consider doing this. >> okay. >> what's the first step? you need to start talking about
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your goals i guess. >> you need to know how much money do i need, how long do i need that money for? and quite frankly, why am i holding onto this house? am i doing this for me? am i doing it for my kids? sometimes people think their kids will be just devastated if they don't get the house and in reality that's just not the case. so talk about it. you're also going to have to go through counseling in order to get a reverse mortgage. hud requires this of people, which is really, really good, because these are complicated instruments. >> are you also going to pay some attention to taxes and how that's going to influence the whole equation? >> you have to continue to pay the taxes and the insurance on your property. so look at how much you're going to be taking in. if you live in a house with really high taxes, if that's not affordable for the long-term, this is not something that you should do. >> over all is this something that's going to give someone who's going into retirement some peace of mind? or is this something for someone who says, you know what, i always wanted that dream house in florida, as well, let's get that, too? >> it can be both. it can actually be both.
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if you've got a significant amount of assets, it can be the dream home in florida. for most people, what we're starting to see is that the equity in your home really can be looked at as another portion of your retirement portfolio that you can access even after your income has dropped off the map. >> what if you already have an existing mortgage? >> if you already have one you have to pay that back out of the proceeds before you start drawing on the equity. so you receive $200,000 from a reverse mortgage, you owe $100,000. you only get $100. >> and then finally, the requirements on the income you have to have? >> no requirements on the income. that's the great thing. it allows people who don't have an income anymore to tap the equity of their home when they wouldn't ordinarily be able to refinance. >> funny. we used to think of the home as the emergency way to get some cash, but we're going to be hearing about this for the next few years for sure. >> absolutely. but pay attention to the details. it can get pricey. >> as always jean chatzky, thanks so much. >> sure. >> up next the man who risked
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his life to capture these amazing images of animals in the wild. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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back now at 8:45 with extreme images of amazing animals, african wildlife photographers who get up close and personal with dangerous creatures and share his breathtaking photographs with us. good morning. >> thank you so much. >> you get up so close. how close do you get and how important is it to get up so close to get these kinds of images? >> well, it is important. you've got to first of all understand what you're shooting and the nature of your subject. it's dangerous animals, on quite a regular basis. the closer you get, obviously, the more unique you can get an image. but you have to understand the rules of engagement and not push an animal beyond its limits. >> yards away?
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feet away? >> that's probably about five to eight yards away. >> okay. how close, though? sometimes inches? >> sometimes. depending on the shot. but that was very low to the ground, kind of almost next to the vehicle, and just to create that perspective and get that very wide angle shot. that was a very -- an animal that was a little bit used to the vehicle and our presence. so right next to the car just sitting down on the ground, and to get the shot i found out i had to use a method of kind of tweaking my toes and get him curious and the camera nice and low. you get that expression and that close-up kind of distorted image. >> so you have learned then over time some techniques to get animals to react to you in a way that is useful. but they are dangerous. i mean, look, we're looking at animals who coo attack you. >> absolutely. >> so aren't you frightening? some people might think you're actually crazy. >> some people do. the lovely thing is because i work with them -- >> that's beautiful. >> because of the area we get to
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and spend time in, a game reserve, it's across such a broad area, that you know, you get -- and all the vehicle movements, and frequently visitors you get close. and animals are relaxed with you, as well. so you do get close enough, but once again, it's just, the more you understand what you're shooting the more you can predict kind of what they're going to do and where they're going to move in and they're in the most beautiful areas and most beautiful sights. >> i'm guessing in addition to the beauty you also become very connected to the -- i suppose the vulnerability? >> absolutely. >> of what you're looking at. i wonder, you've been concerned about what's happening to the rhinos. >> absolutely. >> in africa. what can you tell us about -- how much are they threatened? >> they are very threatened. at the moment as it stands, there's over 160 rhinos just this year to date within south africa that have been slaughtered for medicinal trade, in asia, mostly. and we're very concerned about
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this. and we try a bit, various methods from beefing up security to trying to create awareness for this. and it's not easy. i mean we're fighting a huge, huge battle. and literally two species went extinct last year of rhino. this is in our lifetime that we've seen this. that we've seen animals growing and disappearing. so it's a huge issue that we need to combat. >> we're about a week away from earth day. do you have a message to people listening about responsibility? >> i think we just need awareness about it. people don't know the truth about it. and it is a cultural belief, just talking about rhinos in general, about you know the medicinal properties, which is very, very -- it's none. it's like our hair. so just spreading that, and trying to find a cause to combat that. just to talk to people, to support charities, to get involved. visit africa. i mean, it will change your heart. it will change your life. just to be able to see these
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animals in real life, to see it the way we do, as well. so i think that alone will change people's minds and perspectives. >> you make us want to go. thank you with your photographs. thank you so much. >> thank you. thank you so very, very much. >> coming up next the oscar winner robert duvall gichs us an exclusive look inside his horse farm retreat. bay area !
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oscar winner robert duvall has had a long and storied career in hollywood but these days he's more at home on the range. jill rappaport recently caught up with the legendary actor. >> move a little closer. come on. >> i'm starting to get paranoid here. what's wrong with me? anyway i have to tell you guys it was exhausting just trying to keep up with this actor who at 81 is always on the go and living life to the fullest on his magnificent farm in virginia. >> my wife luciano says virginia to her is the last station before heaven. >> reporter: so here's the main homestead. >> now this house is built the main part in 1743. >> reporter: unbelievable. >> before the revolutionary war and before the civil war. those were the two wars fought
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around here. >> reporter: from his magical 360 acre estate. >> i love -- >> reporter: to his memorable roles. >> -- on the causeway. he's dead. >> reporter: robert duvall is the first to admit he leads a cherished life. >> you go day by day and you arrive at being grateful for what you have. for being blessed and having gratitude. and this is it. >> reporter: and after more than 50 years in the business, including 137 films under his belt, and countless awards on his shelf, duvall is still a force to be reckoned with. despite his age. 81? >> right. >> reporter: did i just blow your cover? >> no, no. hey, hey. >> reporter: he's saying are you a little older? i see an emmy here. >> is that what that is? >> reporter: that's an emmy. there's another emmy. >> for a western. i think that unwas for stalin
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and i got one i think for -- it's been so long ago. >> reporter: okay. what's that little guy up there? there he is the oscar. >> an oscar. i had a friend who used to want to make out with girls and come up and use it. >> reporter: but awards and accolades aside on this day it was his horse marley taking center stage. are you ready for your close-up? >> he's ready for everything. >> reporter: by getting an evaluation by world renounced morse han jesus morales who is helping duvall with his riding for the upcoming film don quixote. do you need to tell your horse it's a little aud yigs? is he in hair and makeup? >> no, he was in hair and makeup for eight hours yesterday. he was clipped. everything. >> reporter: what are you hoping he will do and teach you -- >> i just want him to ride. not that anything will ever happen, b this horse has a lot of potential and loves people. he's just a very unique horse. >> reporter: these days duvall spends quality time in the saddle.
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but don't expect this actor to go riding off into the sunset any time soon. there's no retirement in your future? >> well, you say you don't retire, the business retires you. so until they wipe the drool, i'm going to work awhile, you know. >> reporter: no chance of that. he's really putting in some saddle time now preparing for his upcoming role in don quixote and he's getting a great teacher with jesus morales. you can't get better than that. that guy is poetry in motion in the saddle. >> duvall is pretty good, too. >> for any age, right? >> i know exactly. >> we were saying there's no way he can be 81 and look that good. >> i know. >> -- on a horse at 81. >> exactly. >> to be doing anything at 81. >> i'd like to be doing anything right now. he looks better than me. >> i love seeing all 9 clips of the movies he's been in. >> i love. >> -- horse to in the morning. >> always -- >> more to come.
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good morning to you. 8:56 right now. i'm laura garcia-cannon. the family of a berkeley man murdered and attacked outside his home is out today. he called on a nonemergency line
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to report a trespasser. the family toerp says they believe police didn't do their job and that he did call an emergency line. they plan to speak outside an oakland law office this morning. let's check the forecast with meteorologist christina loren. >> looking good for the home opener at at&t park. look at san francisco. lots of sunshine. more sun than clouds. highs in the 50s, cool all day. watch out, conditions on the road dangerous. [grunting] (sir can-a-lot) whoa! hello, madame. sir can-a-lot. crusader of flavor. i wanted to make your mac 'n cheese more delicious by adding glorious spam!
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back now with more on "today" on this friday morning. it's the 13th of april, 2012. friday the 13th. but we're fearless this morning, aren't we? we're going to have a great, lucky day, along with these people, an adventure on the plaza. on a beautiful, sunny day here in new york city. i'm ann curry alongside carl quintanilla who is in for matt and al roker and savannah guthrie over there. and we've got a lot going on. and you're going to go, as i understand, house hunting.
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>> that's right. barbara corcoran is going to take us on a tour anywhere from mississippi to minnesota to mizzou, barbara corcoran is here to show us what we can get for $200,000 or less. you will be amazed at how much home $200,000 will buy. >> okay, and what else is coming up? >> we're going to bust some diet myths. for instance, does eating spicy foods help you burn calories? if you stop eating after 7:00 at night, will you lose weight? we're going to separate fact from fiction when it comes to shedding those pounds. >> if you eat those cupcakes. or maybe that macaroni and cheese. >> i hope you can eat that. we're also going to have some fashion news. we all know that color blocking and neon brights -- >> why are you pointing at me? >> you're kind of color blocking. we try to be in fashion. >> don't get defensive about it. >> we're going to take those fashions and apply them to our homes and show you some neat accent colors.
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>> so our outfits looks really good in the living room. >> good. okay. >> now, where will this end? >> i know. >> a human shield in the meantime. >> meantime let's go inside and get a check with natalie morales who also knows how to color block but also to tell us the news today. >> thank you, ann. good morning, everyone. in the news this morning, the u.n. security council meets this morning to discuss the north korean rocket launch. that rocket failed within minutes of liftoff. breaking into pieces, and falling harmlessly into the yellow sea. despite failing, the u.s. and its allies are calling the launch a provocation and are condemning it as a violation of international resolutions. the lawyer for george zimmerman is working to free him from jail. the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting unarmed teen trayvon martin may face a bail hearing next week. on thursday, zimmerman made his first appearance at a jailhouse courtroom but did not enter a plea. his lawyer has previously said that he will plead not guilty, saying he shot martin in self-defense.
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an affidavit from the prosecutor's office, meanwhile, said zimmerman confronted martin sparking the struggle between them. a police raid turned deadly overnight in the small town of greenland, new hampshire. police chief michael maloney was shot dead just days before his retirement from the force. four other officers were shot and wounded. the suspect and a woman were found dead inside the home. police believe it may have been a murder/suicide. the mayor of newark, new jersey, really cares about his city's residents. mayor corey booker returned to his home last night to find his neighbor's house on fire. while booker then rushed into the burning building and carried a woman down from the second floor before the fire department arrived. he was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation and second degree burns. he's since been released and is already tweeting to let everyone know he's okay. meanwhile his neighbor is recovering and in stable condition thanks to mayor booker. we're now hearing from douglas kennedy, the son of the late robert kennedy for the first time since that confrontation with two nurses who tried to stop him from
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taking his newborn son from a hospital maternity ward in new york. on thursday, he had his day in court. wnbc's chief investigative reporter jonathan dienst is following the case. >> it is okay for a father to hold his son in his arms. and it is okay for his father to want to be with his newborn baby. i know that in my heart. >> reporter: douglas kennedy speaking out for the first time since being charged with attacking two nurses in a hospital maternity ward back in january, after the birth of his son. kennedy says he just wanted to leave the hospital for a short time. to be with his son in the fresh air outside. as he invoked the memory of his father robert kennedy, killed when he was so young. >> my father was taken away from me when i was a baby. and i think that is certainly what makes me appreciate me being with my son.
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>> reporter: in january, a supervising nurse in the maternity ward at northern westchester hospital said the staff became concerned when they saw a man carrying his newborn, attempting to take him out of the hospital without proper authorization. security cameras show kennedy trying to get on an elevator. in an exclusive interview with nbc news, the nurses, anna margaret lane, and carrie luciano, said kennedy then attacked them. >> i wanted to make sure the baby was safe. and secure. and he brought his leg up and kicked me and i went flying through the air. >> reporter: according to the nurses, kennedy went down the stairs where he was stopped by security. kennedy says he was just trying to protect his son. he's been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and physically harassing the nurses. supporters of the nurses want tougher charges. >> it should be a felony charge, you know, because a nurse is hurt. >> reporter: kennedy's wife
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molly appeared in court by his side. >> unfortunately, you know, our lives have been turned upside down simply because my husband wanted to take a walk with his son. >> reporter: kennedy has pleaded not guilty. >> the only thing i wanted to do that night was to be with my son and to hold him in my arms. >> and again, that was jonathan dienst reporting. meanwhile, kennedy is due back in court on june 14th on the misdemeanor count and two violations, which could get him up to a year in prison if convicted. six newborn puppies in toledo, ohio, are recovering and looking for a home this morning after they were left to die zipped up in a suitcase. a local man said he was led to the suitcase by the mother dog. the humane society is filing abandonment charges against the puppies' owner. he appears in court next week. the english bulldogs mixes are doing well. if you want to take one of these little guys home the toledo humane society says to wait about four weeks to give them a
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call when the puppies are old enough for adoption. they are very cute and glad to hear they're doing well now. six minutes past the hour. let's go over to al for a check of your weather. >> i don't think they'll have any trouble. >> no trouble, i'm sure the list will be long. >> thanks so much, natalie. let's see what we've got going on today. a risk of strong storms from wichita falls into kansas city, on into tonight, and then as we make our way in to tomorrow, we've got a -- a high risk from central oklahoma in to kansas. strong risk from nebraska into texas. and that's going to exist right on saturday night into sunday, as well. rainfall amounts are going to be pretty heavy as well from oklahoma city to st. louis, we could be looking at anywhere from two to four inches of rain. but the big threat here, tornadoes pretty much right well, the bulk of the moisture and severe thunderstorms have pushed out of the bay wrr. now we're just monitoring light popup thunderstorms and light showers quickly moving across the bay area. this is the overall pattern for
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the first part of the day. afternoon, continuing into the late evening hours, getting a lot of clearing in the greater bay area. you see popup cells quickly developing and racing to the east. 57 at 4:00 p.m. 70s return sunday. this morning on "today's real estate," what can you get for under $200,000? well, how about a stately victorian home or a cozy log cabin? "today's real estate" contributor barbara corcoran is here with the best bargains on the market. >> good morning, al. >> we're going to get started down south in alabama just south of birmingham. a nice three bedroom house for $182,900. >> this is a classic brick home. the kind that everybody seems to like in a fun, friendly community. great for kids with tennis, fishing, a pool and a clubhouse. you would pay $350,000 for this house only five years ago but it's now $182,900. the living room has a vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors, big
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windows and attention grabbing fireplace. the way they painted it there. the kitchen has bright white cabinets and crown molding and is nicely set off by these creamy yellow walls. what a friendly color to put inside the kitchen. the dining room has high ceiling and extra wide doorway that makes this room feel bigger than it is. it's a nice big room to start off with. the master bedroom has a dramatic tray ceiling, a perfect place to spend the money, because you're laying on your back looking up all the time. and there are mature trees surrounded by a tall privacy fence and the property taxes on this are only $800 a year. a year! >> a year? and it's helena, alabama. >> oh, my goodness. >> my mistake. let's go to a nice, quiet street in kansas city, mo, find a nice early 1900s home priced at $189,000. >> this $189,000 home has five big bedrooms and it's perfect for anyone who loves a vintage country style. inside you're going to see that it has the original front door that opens into a big entry hall
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with golden oak woodwork stair case and floors. you might as well just play basketball there. look at that entry hall. the living room has wide base boards, crown -- what's happening? i guess we're okay. the kitchen has been expanded and smartly updated with this faux brick and tile backsplash and a frosted glass cabinets. in the dining room, original wood floors again, with wide base boards and extra long windows. the master bedroom is so pretty with the old-fashioned fireplace on the corner. i love the little striped wallpaper. >> house is so big you have an echo when you walk into it. >> that's what it sounds like. >> let's go to arlington, vermont. $175,000 for a nice home nestled on a 35 acre pine forest. >> this is a totally different switch of mood. it's a rustic log cabin, tucked into a secret corner of vermont most people don't know about in a ski area great for families. out back it's got a rushing river in your own backyard.
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it is knotty pine all over with an open floor plan. i love the cozy fireplace in that living room. the living room opens right up into the kuchen. you can see an open loft above there. the windowed kitchen has plenty of storage, and is also has great counter space. i think they ought to get rid of that tablecloth, kind of weird, lose the shot. but in agishen to the two bedrooms the loft is right there as we mentioned and it sleeps twoo. the big back deck overlooks the river, over the rushing brook. and my god, what a lovely place that would be to fish. >> that is nice. now let's head up to st. paul, minnesota. you've got a lovely three bedroom victorian on sale for $159,900. >> this is a stately home high on the bluff with views of the mississippi river and the minnesota capitol building. the living room has the original woodwork, still intact with wood floors, a bay window, the stained glass transom above. the blond wood kitchen has been nicely updated. i still feel they left the victorian feel but it's a
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pleasure. the formal dining has rich wood door frames and base boards. s swing chair on the wraparound porch is a perfect place if you want to get lazy and the lush, green backyard has a simple patio surrounded by a happy flower bed. >> and now finally, in clinton, mississippi, you've got a nice brick home on a corner lot for $166,900. >> and clinton is just 15 minutes from the capital city of jackson. it's an all-brick home that sits on an emerald green lawn, and it's got a straight as an arrow walkway. imagine being drunk and having to walk that line. >> that's an odd analogy. >> but look at that. it looks like you'd be punished going home every day walking that straight line sort of. but the main living area has a trayed ceiling, wood floors and a tile fireplace. the clean, white kitchen has a little too much clutter for my taste but it has plenty of counter space. a big breakfast area is flooded with light from the picture window. and the grassy backyard has a small, covered patio, and a
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wooden privacy fence in case you don't like your neighbors. >> well you have a great weekend, get drunk, walk down your sidewalk, and then lay in bed, okay? >> oh, my gosh. >> and there you go. barbara corcoran, thanks so much. >> thank you, al. >> still ahead, true or false, all exercise gives your metabolism a boost for hours. we're going to debunk or tell you what's right about some diet tips. and later this weekend, the "titanic," 100 years ago this weekend marking the time the famous ship went down. incredible look at the wreckage. ♪
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nutrition editor. let's start with our first myth or fact, eating spicy foods will help you with faster weight loss. please tell me that's true. >> okay. i would like to tell you but that is actually a myth. eating spicy foods does not help you lose weight faster. you think i'm sweating, maybe your heart is pounding, it seems like it should be burning calories, and in laboratory studies it's just a drop of the metabolic pop but when you translate it to a whole body into calories there doesn't make a dent in weight loss. don't think you can slosh hot sauce on your food and burn off calories. it's absolutely a myth. >> if you have a nice flavor on something maybe that helps you feel more satisfied? >> right. and actually when you have hot food it can slow down your eating so maybe you'll eat less. >> eating dairy foods can promote weight loss. myth or fact? >> that actually is a fact. but there's a big if. the if is you have to be in a calorie controlled diet to begin with. you have to twim your calories. so it's not magically adding dairy to what you already eat. it's replacing some of the calories you eat with dairy
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foods. >> like ice cream? >> or low fat yogurt. there's room for that. but the idea is that if you -- if you include some dairy, all the studies continue to show there's some association but nobody really knowles what it's from. >> i wonder why because something like milk is more filling? >> it could be the protein. it could be the milk some ids. the stuff that makes milk white. there's a lot of stuff in milk other than calcium. >> okay. so add it in but don't make it extra calories. >> don't make it extra calories. >> next one, all exercise keeps your metabolism boosted for a few hours so you can eat more. >> that's what people would like to think. that's actually a myth. only if you are an extreme exerciser like you, you do a lot of running. >> oh, yeah. >> for most of us who are power walking a mile or two or running a mile or two you think you're going to get those calories from the activity. but you don't get that honeymoon effect for hours later. so people think oh, great i've got this metabolic boost i can just eat and those calories will cancel out. not true. >> sometimes if you do exercise
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you do get hungrier. >> right. when you do intense exercise you'll get hungrier and that's something you have to act on. that's a good thing to do. but you don't need to if you're doing a mile or two think i better fuel and refuel. >> okay. next one, using smaller sized plates promotes weight loss. >> you know, that is actually true. it's a fact because, studies, and common sense says if food's in front of you you're going to eat all of it because it tastes good, it's there, whatever the reason. so if you just solve the puzzle by having a smaller plate to start with that's really good. and the plate sizes in america are crazy. our dinner plates are huge. they're like platters. so if you use a salad plate, which is like a dinner plate in europe, you're actually going to eat a lot less. and when you're in a restaurant you can just get some small plates or go halfsies. we look at food as way too big. >> this has like a psychological aspect to it. all of us probably grew up with our parents telling us, clean your plate. >> for starving people all over the world, and it never made
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sense then. this is a way if you belong to the clean plate club you can eat everything on the plate and be calorie controlled. >> our last one is don't eat after 7:00 p.m. myth or fact? >> that is probably the biggest diet myth around. >> really? >> yeah, because you can't eat by the clock. it doesn't mean that you're going to have a giant steak and baked potato right before you go to sleep. but if you go to bed at 12:01 and you eat dinner at 6:00 you're biological going to be hungry later in the evening. so you can save a couple of hundred calories for that night eating if you like it. because it's relaxing, a lot of people do, and there's no reason not to do it. there's nothing magical about this because you're burning calories 24 hours a day. >> all right, madeline, thanks for clearing all that up. coming up a look inside the "titanic" on the 100th anniversary of its doomed maiden voyage. ♪ [ female announcer ] walgreens introduces...nice! [ woman ] i got it. where's your brother? [ dog barking ] ♪ [ telephone rings ] [ dad ] hello.
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good morning, everyone. 9:26 right now. i'm jon kelley. good news, we have gotten through the worst of it. thunderstorms overnight in the east bay. that was lightning flashing several times out there. we had power outages, leaving 4500 people in the dark in concord. an incoming flight was struck by lightning not once but twice. >> saw the lightning from the ground, we watched it from the air, it was spooky, bam, it was hit once, a minute and a half
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later, bam, hit again. i talked to the flight attendant, said at this point the plane will be grounded, they check it for electrical problems. >> two strikes a little more than spooky. flights delayed up to two hours overall. this morning, no reports of delays. sandbags out in the mission district to prevent flooding. we showed you this yesterday morning, flooded with sewage and rainwater. it created a big mess in homes and businesses. the kind of flooding that happened a couple of years ago. public works spending millions to improve sewer lines in 2008 trying to prevent stormwater systems from overflowing. the fix was a failure. owner of the stable cafe says he will have to leave the neighborhood he loves. >> i thought today for the first time i might not be able to go through this again, which means i would have to move, so that's a beating. >> cleanup crews are back out there this morning.
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welcome back. 9:28. a stark contrast from the showers and thunderstorms we had earlier. right now, getting spotty popup cells, one north of san jose, getting ready to move through mal paid as. overall, the bay area drying out, which is great news for the giants taking on the pirates for the home opener at 1:30. we could see a stray possible downpour. it will be brief, that game will go on. 70s and sunshine return for the weekend. another local update in a half hour from now. "today" show rolls on.
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♪ that of course is san francisco band train with their huge 2010 hit hey soul sister. now train is out with a new collection and the popular band will be here to perform live in our studio next week on "today." always love when they're here. they get a huge crowd. >> a fan favorite. meanwhile coming up in this half hour from the runway to your living room? turns out a lot of fashion trends make their way from the racks to your rooms and we're going to show you how you can incorporate them in some of the hottest decor looks. >> that's right. the only decor i want to see is
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a big steak on a grill right now. it's prime grilling season by going over some of the best meats to grill on your barbecue. a little later on. oh, man. >> all right. looking good. first, amy row talk is here -- >> what a transition. all right. good morning, everyone. we're going to have the latest on the trayvon martin case. will george zimmerman be able to post bail? we'll have a live report from florida. and then a new look at leonardo da vinci from a restoration of his last great work to a first public look at his private diaries. we'll show you the resurgence of this renaissance master. and every celebrity cook seems to have their own line of pots, pans, gadgets. we're going to see who's the top chef when it comes to cook ware. no steaks there. sorry, al. that and more right here on "today." >> that egg looked pretty good. >> thank you, amy. >> now al has a check of the weekend weather. >> all right, let's show you what we got. we are concerned, midsection of the country. there's a high risk of strong storms and tornadoes from texas and oklahoma on into parts of
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minnesota. we're looking at sunshine in the pacific northwest. sunny and mild alone the eastern seaboard. warm through the gulf. then on sunday, sunday, we have more showers in the northeast, and new england. risk of strong storms, from the great lakes down into the gulf coast. sunny and mild from texas on into the southwest. and showers and snow showers in the central rockies. the pacific looks -- pacific northwest looks fantastic with plenty of sunshine. well, we are getting sunshine in the bay area, starting in san francisco. a great sign for the giants home opener. we could see a stray shower or two as we still have spotty cells out there. overall, the situation greatly improving. any thunderstorms cells that are developing are quickly diminishing, falling apart. 66 degrees by saturday, 70, lots of sunshine next week. up to 73 degrees tuesday! >> and that's your latest weather. >> okay, al, thanks.
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this morning on "today's home," it doesn't take long for runway trends to make their way into the decorating world. and here with trends that have come out of your closet and into your home is "today" contributor and author of flip for decorating elizabeth mayhew. good morning. >> good morning. >> i love this trend. let's start first, we've got a lot to get to here, neon. it's a great pop of color. >> right. and you're seeing it everywhere. you cannot walk past a fashion store and not see it. the same is true of home. the truth is everything has been sped up. it used to be there was six to like a year of trends making it from runway to home. now it's just so much gymnaster. so pops of neon are great. >> pops is the key. >> you don't want to overdo. a shot of color is a great way to move your eye around a room. if you have a small space, for example, something like this folding screen from wayfair.com is fantastic. it lets the light through but gives you that shot of color you might want. >> and a unique texture. >> take these hot pink chairs. it's a great way.
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they're from abc carpet. it's a great way to update like a dark wood table just to give a little pop of color. everything -- >> great little side table. >> from home goods. a lamp from target. it is everywhere. >> and you've got this great little accent here. >> also from home goods. that's a way to take it outside if you want a pop of color next to your barbecue. if you're shy of this trend, take this tray, it's $18, if you put that on a coffee table or ottoman it will give you that one little shot of color and add some bright flowers. it just will accent your room in the same way you would wear a neon colored belt. >> instant little face-lift. >> exactly. >> over here the next big trend is lace. not your grandmother's anymore. this is sort of the modernized version of it. >> right. so artists have taken the lace pattern and blown it up so it looks much more modern. take this from brocade home. you see the front is like this modern -- it becomes almost like
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a more feminine geometric. a mirror which is kind of lace trimmed from pottery barn would look great with anything. obviously i've shown a lot of lace in white. we're used to seeing lace in white but it becomes almost a neutral. the pattern gives some kind of texture to your room. the chair. this is kind of a lattice print. it's from ballard designs. that is a neutral that could absolutely work absolutely anywhere. >> we should point out these are all relatively inexpensive finds for us. >> absolutely. container store, zip up your desk with some accuse lace metal accessories or, i love this porcelain, they're tea lights start at $8. they are just a great way to dress up your table and give a little refinement. >> you also have some curtains here. >> a lot of people will hang lace curtains and that can have a very old-fashioned look. these are from country curtains, but if you put it isn't something like a bright turquoise this is fashion inspired. we saw a lot of this on the
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runway which is lace over a darker color. so this is a way to take that and update it in your home. >> i love that. now this is a pattern that i love, these are bold patterns which you're seeing everywhere. i guess you can really just mix and match? >> so everything from place from z gallery. very inexpensive. you can mix the colors together. to pillows, and a poof. a $59 rug, which is from urban outfitters. >> that's cool. i love the rug. >> crazy because it's $129. >> really? >> with a pillow from target. so you're seeing -- >> that looks like a good one. >> obviously i've put it all together so it's a lot of different colors. would you put this all together in a room? >> i asked you that. >> i would say if you're going to mix patterns stick to a color palette so those grays and yellows look really good together. there's no reason you can't mix that. but overall it would take a gutsy person to pull this off in
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an entire room. >> and you probably have to consider wall coloring and all of that. really shape the room around it. >> and also just this is another kind of a big, bald pot earn from anthropologie. this orange and this kind of beige tone are very neutral. so you can mix this in with a lot of different things. it's just how you use your pattern and how you put it together. so be careful. i always say stick to the accessories and keep big pieces of furniture neutral. >> speaking of how to put it all together. color blocking is the other huge trend i think. everybody knows what that is nowadays. so you can do it in the home. you're going to show us some easy ways. >> a lot of times you buy an entire bed set of all one color. the way to color block is to mix those things together. so again, i stayed within a single color palette. all of these sheets were from garnet hill. and all i did was mix the different colors to the. the way you fold them back to expose different colors, and then just use one shot of color as you're seeing in fashion, there's usually one hot pink, or one orange that's going to set it off. because this is within one
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color. >> the orange and teal to the. that's great. >> similarly, i took this book case from ikea and i just loaded it with boxes from the container store and mixed the colors and the way you put them in gives kind of this color blocking feel. and it's a very organized, very decorative way of stacking your shelves. and obviously gives you that much more storage. and then just the rug from ikea, so inexpensive but again it takes that color blocking trend and brings it home. >> so much more modern and hip. >> and these are all inexpensive accessories that are just going to give that one pop. the same way you're going to update your wardrobe you're going to update your home. >> elizabeth mayhew. thanks for the do it yourself as you always do. thanks so much. coming up next, back to "titanic's" 100 years after the great ship went down. [ female announcer ] with swiffer dusters, a great clean doesn't have to take longer. i'm done. i'm gonna read one of these.
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100 years ago tomorrow night the unthinkable happened. on its maiden voyage from southampton, england, to new york the "titanic," one of the most luxurious ocean liners ever built, hit an iceberg and sank. nbc's kevin tibbles is in halifax, nova scotia this morning where 121 of the titanic victims are buried. kevin, good morning to you. >> savannah. well, it is here in halifax where many of those who perished on the "titanic" are buried. many have their names on the headstones. there are many headstones here that have no name on them. this simple, austere head stain says j. dawson. that very likely stands for joseph dawson as opposed to the character played by leonardo dicaprio, jack dawson, in the film "titanic."
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when the "titanic" set sail on its maiden voyage in 1912, it was the biggest ship ever built. the length of an 80 story building. believed to be unsinkable. >> iceberg dead ahead, sir. >> reporter: but what man had made nature's cold hand quickly undid. in just under three hours, the ship took on water and sank to the ocean floor. over 1500 lives were lost. as headlines spread the news to the world the, the details of what exactly happened to the "titanic" were sunk. 2 1/2 miles below the ocean's surface guessed at for decades. >> the boiler. >> reporter: in 1986, a team led by robert ballard delivered the first incredible pictures of the wreck, as underwater technology advanced, answers started to come. including, how the ship broke apart. >> broken in two. those two pieces are separated by about six football fields.
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the bow up here, the stern here. six football fields in between. but there's a much larger area around that where objects spilled out of the ship as it sank. >> reporter: an expedition launched by rms "titanic" incorporated and their partners took on an unparalleled effort in 2010. to shoot the "titanic" in 3-d. and thoroughly map the wreck site. it is the subject of an upcoming history channel documentary. >> the object of this expedition was simply to find out what's there. because how do you begin to manage something if you don't even know what's out there. >> reporter: sonar robots lay a grid across a 15 square mile section of the ocean. every significant piece of the "titanic" wreckage noted and brought to life through 3-d and graphic imagery. >> it's like csi "titanic" that we're now able to come into this crime scene, we can start to inspect that scene and little by lit put that ship back together again and take it back up to the surface. so it's kind of neat.
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>> reporter: doorways lying in muck give hints to the grandeur of the ship's rooms. dots on a sonar scan become giant boilers 15 feet in diameter. a telltale brass whistle gives away the resting place of the iconic smokestack. shoes and cuffs are ghostly reminders of the long-ago tragedy's human toll. >> we can't help but realize that there were 2200 plus stories that were played out that night. and there were so many stories left to be told. >> reporter: as "titanic" explorers james cameron, robert ballard and others endeavor to document and protect the site, they bump up against the indifferent hand of time. once one of man's awesome creations, rust and the shifting ocean floors will eventually wipe the "titanic" away. until all that's left are pictures, history, and the memory of what was.
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and savannah, while it has been 100 years, interest in the mystery of what happened during the doomed ship's final moments has never really diminished. there are two "titanic" memorial cruises coming to visit halifax and visit this cemetery, as people still want to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on this ship that everyone said was unsinkable. savannah? >> hallowed ground. kevin tibbles in halifax for us this morning. thank you. you can see "titanic: 1 huvd years later" on the history channel on sunday night. coming up next, where is the beef? what's on the grill, of course. fine choices for barbecue season coming up.
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it's what's for dinner, that's right on "today's kitchen," bring on the beef.
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>> grilling season fast approaching. hard to figure out what's the best cut of meat to put on the grill, and also fit in your grocery budget. pat is butcher and host of food network show. we're going to start off pork chops which you're looking, sometimes you look in your grocer's meat section and the pork chops have a lot of different names. >> there are a lot of different names. and the pork chops we're going to use today are very overlooked and very inexpensive. these are also know as country style spare ribs. i like to cook these at home and it's kind of like the butcher's cut of pork but boneless. what i do is start by browning some shallots. i add red wine. >> okay. so far you're doing good. balsamic vinegar, equal parts. and i simmer that down until it's about reduced by half. >> okay. >> and then my last five minutes of simmering i'm going to add my blueberries, which is going to really bring sweet flavor to that tangy, acidity balsamic.
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>> what do you do next? >> i'm going to marinate my country style spare ribs in -- in this, and i'm going to save about half so i can drizzle it all over the final product. >> do you marinate it on the counter or in the fridge? >> in the fridge. always in the fridge. >> okay. >> so here they are marinated. >> right. >> and i'm just going to take one of these beautiful chops and put it right on the grill, making sure my grill is nice and hot for us. that's the sizzle i'm looking for. >> how long on each side? >> a couple minutes on each side. and pork has become so safe of a meat to eat that the usda actually just lowered the standard from 155 degrees fahrenheit to 140. >> wow. >> so, okay. >> that's pretty good. my mom used to cook it until it was gray. >> no, no, no. no more. >> okay. then afterwards -- >> afterthat finishes, you take what's left of your marinade and
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just drizzle it over the top. >> that looks pretty good. >> absolutely outrageous. and delicious. and very inexpensive. >> in the back we're going to do some korean style short ribs. >> yes. short ribs are -- are usually packed with collagen, and it's the muscle in between the rib bones. >> a lot of supermodels just put them right on their ribs. >> you usually see them about two or three inches and they usually cut for braising. >> so these are cut really thin. >> really thin. >> you have to have your butcher do that. >> you have to ask your butcher to do a lot of things. they'll be more than happy to cut them for you. cut this thin you have to braise them. cut this thin you can grill them. and they're as tender as butter. >> you've got a couple of cuts here. what are you talking about? >> a big buzz about hamburgers. america's favorite comfort food. but you should be able to control what's in your hamburger. to do that ask your butcher for specific cuts of beef. >> i like beef brisket.
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>> that's what we have right here. that's brisket and -- >> also another "b." birthday. it's your birthday. >> yes, it is. >> happy birthday. >> how lucky. >> they asked me could you carry three glasses of champagne? i said that will be no problem. happy birthday to you. >> thank you. >> actually we were starting with four. >> thanks so much. always good to see you. >> thank you. good to see you. >> enjoy your day. >> still ahead, kathie lee and hoda will chat about the hot topics of the day. have a great weekend, everybody.
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good friday morning. 9:56 right now. i'm laura garcia-cannon. storms are the big story this
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morning. that wet, windy weather overnight caused a lot of problems on the road. tow trucks had to bail out a lexus that was in a ditch on southbound 680. the driver apparently lost control after hydroplaning on the freeway. the storms caused problems for travelers and the skies as well. this is the scene as sfo. there were flight delays into early morning. regional flights delayed up to two hours. one man said the weather is more typical of the midwest. >> how bad is it out there? >> it was pretty rough. i was raised in the midwest, reminded me of thunderstorms from there. >> how hard was it coming down? >> very heavy, hailing here a little bit, so -- >> sfo reported one flight from united airlines was hit by lightning, force tg to return to the airport. no one was hurt. look at this shot of
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lightning captured from redwood shores overnight. this is a pretty spectacular shot of lightning over the bay bridge taken by phil mcgrew from his home in san francisco. more on that at 5:00 and 6:00. one of our reporters will visit his house. look at the skies behind you. >> we're not out of the woods yet, but it looks better for giants fans. this is a live shot over san francisco. you can see more blue. winds are significant. storms are on the radar. we will see thunderstorms pop up, move on shore, impacting the game from time to time. you could be caught by a brief downpour. i don't think it will be enough to call the game. for the latest updates, check out nbc bay area on facebook. have a great morning.
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creepy. here's some trivia. there are three friday the 13ths this year. the last one was in january, the next one is in july. >> what are you supposed to do to mark your calendar? >> be very afraid. >> realize it is a natural part of life. >> do you know how long it's been since we had three friday the 13ths in one year. >> well, could i look at what it says on the prop. 1984, hoda? >> they're exactly 13 weeks apart. >> now that's a little weird. because last year we only had one. lot of people wonder where the whole thing came from. there were 13 people at the last supper. and so we all know how the last supper ended up on good friday. but then people say it is not unlucky because then look what happened on easter sunday. so that shouldn't be in their thinking at all. >> 13 is a weird thing.
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>> they don't have the 13th floor. >> they do but they don't name it. >> how about airlines? do some not have a 13th row? >> but it is still a 13th row no matter what you name it. >> sunday is tax day. everyone's thinking what do we do? >> april 15th. >> taxes are due on sunday so there is no mail on sunday so we all are getting a break. actual tax date now is tuesday april 17th. you get two days of grace. >> why? >> because the banks are closed. >> monday there's not. >> well, that's emancipation day and it is a holiday. >> so for one day we're emancipated from having to pay our taxes. >> it is emancipation day in washington, d.c. the irs is closed. >> a lot of people do wait a long, long time to pay their taxes. who shall remain nameless. >> i just file an extension which is legal.
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>> but you wait to file your extension, too. >> i fed ex'd it on thursday. >> why don't you just pay it when it is due? >> because i don't know where all the papers are. it takes me until october to find them. >> here's an idea -- start looking now for next year. >> i don't think we've met. i am always the one in line. that's my thing. >> a lot of people -- one of the biggest areas in the country where people procrastinate the motion to pay their taxes is the tax capital of the world, washington, d.c. >> that makes sense. people were trying to write off crazy things on their taxes. these are some of the things that we came across that people have tried to write off. sometimes they're successful. some people have tried to write off a business trip to the super bowl. >> you take clients. >> see? how about this one -- breast augmentation. wait a second. >> if you are a hooker. >> or, no, there's a dancer in
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1994 names chastity love. is there of course. and that's her real name. >> she went up to a cup size of a 56ff. the tax court allowed her to claim a desucks saying they were so enormous, each weighed more than ten pounds, she had to be considered a stage prop for her business. >> she had two props. >> i can't believe they let her write off that. >> i can't believe they let us talk about it. the swimming pool you cannot write off unless you for medical reasons need to swim. >> a doctor can write you a note that says you can need to swim. >> and you can get marijuana anywhere in the world, too. >> some people are trying to write off their wedding, bobbie thomas -- >> no, she's not trying. but some people do try. bobbie, of course, would o never. >> what we didn't do yesterday -- we have to do it because i felt so bad about it. we try to see all the great shows to come to bradway. we're just people so we're going
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to like some things and other things less. i had no interest in going to see "party and the staff catcher" only because i was told it is the prequel to "peter pan." i'm peter panned out. >> you think lots of kids. >> and tinker bell at my point in life has started to be annoying. you know what i'm saying? all right. here's the thing. congratulations to absolutely every single creative person involved with the making of peter and the star catcher. it is brilliant! brilliant theater. it is part absurdist theater, it's part -- it's part of musical comedy but it's also a play with music. will so surprise you -- >> they do something with the rope. this sounds weird. they make you with just a rope make you feel like you're on a ship that's moving. they filgd ogured out the way tn it into an entrance to a place.
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whole crew moves. the funniest guy -- >> he plays captain hoom before he became captain hook. i don't think in all my years -- the guy with the mustache. i have never seen anyone so enjoy being on stage and the performers enjoying themselves. all the performers are amazing. he deserves a tony nomination and pracerhaps a tony win for t role. a lot of the jersey boys are involved with this. inwas so wrong -- >> we laughed, we laughed. >> it is are flatulence jokes that are not gratuitous, and they are important to the story. >> they make you crack up. moving on to adult topics, this is our next topic. getting it on outside the bedroom. >> you went from peter pan to that? >> yes. you need to make hard turns sometimes. now 75% of people claim they have done the deed in an
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adventurous locale outside of their bedroom. let's wait for a minute and listen. ♪ let's get it on >> okay. over half said they did it in a car. that was their favorite location. >> why? why? how comfortable is that? >> i want to take issue with the people who said the following one because i don't believe you. they said a pool was their favorite location. has anyone ever tried that? because if you've tried -- >> everybody in this room apparently. >> if you've tried it, you know it doesn't -- >> jo ann conceived her child there. >> if you've tried it, you know it doesn't work. it's impossible, just about. it is. >> when you conceive a child in your pool, you are able to write it off on your taxes! that's really great. >> okay? and anyway -- that's like one of those weird ones. >> where's the weirdest place you ever did? oh, stop growning.
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you know you want to know. >> i'm not answering that question. >> me either. because that would be oversharing. we're going to talk about oversharing later this morning. will you tell me during commercial break? >> maybe. >> i'll tell you after commercial break. it is one of those things that sometimes are you among friends. people used to not share about things like salary, or their sex lives or whatever. >> those are the good old days before "jersey shore." >> because of reality tv, everything's out there. everything, everything, everything. spl when i first did the show with regis and i first had my son, cody, it was i guess apparently the first time anybody talked about certain things on national television. i was reemd for talking about things like breastfeeding. reamed for talking about things like changing your diaper. the stuff that is so natural and normal. but you would have thought that i was -- >> now it is a nothing. >> i mean snooki changes her own diaper and it's no big deal! >> ooh! >> you know what i'm saying. that's how -- i miss the good old days. i just do, hoda woman.
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>> hats off to matt lauer. he's on cover of "the hollywood reporter." this magazine picks its top 35 most powerful people in media. in this group they also picked ann curry. also steve capus, the president of our news division. and they pick our pal, jim bell. >> there's jim bell! >> yes, indeed. >> he's our fearless leader. congratulations. >> we always use that picture of jim. he likes it. >> you went to -- no picture from the event the other night? >> i was there -- there were no pictures. i was there and none of them were there. i ended up showing up and no one else did. >> you know who's here? >> bobbie thomas? >> how are the wedding plans going, bride zilla? >> i don't know. ask the hoda. we talked about cat eyes earlier this week. we didn't get to brittany but we will today. it is all about lashing out.
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how much information is too much information? sharing certain things with certain friends is one thing, but with the help of reality tv and social media, it seems like nothing is off-limits anymore. >> how can we stop ourselves from oversharing? is a career coach and author of "the go-getter girls guides" is here and the editor in chief from "family circle" magazine is also here. it could be really risky to put too much information out there. right? >> it is. i think because of this shift in culture we've seen now with reality tv, people want to give the play by play. they don't have the verbal filther to keep something close to the vest. >> why do they think people want to hear it?
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why are they so self-absorbed that they think it is interesting to other people? >> because they don't think before they speak. online, the first thing that pops into your head you end up sharing and remember, especially on a place like facebook, there may be a small core of your friends who get it who you are maybe speaking to, but a lot of people have friends of friends who they've never met before. whatever you say is going to a very wide audience. >> i think reality tv has changed the game a little bit. when you look on there and people are talking about their sex lives, the money, this, that, you feel line everything's sort of changed. like you're so different in real life. how has it affected us? >> i think what's interesting is that, look. life would be boring if we never talked about sex or money or relationships. but the problem is that there are things that are sacred, particular in terms of a marriage, in terms of pregnancy, that you want to share only with your close confidants and you kind of cheapen it by sharing with too many people. >> there's a difference between
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secret and sacred. today it seems like nothing is held sacred anymore. i think we're losing a lot of what's really valuable in life. >> i think it also cheapens it. if you have something that matters a lot to you and you share it with you, and with you, go around the room, at the end of the day you feel like it's lost its value. >> it's also not a place to vent. you had a huge fight with your husband or are mad at your friend, you shouldn't broadcast that. >> where should you go? >> to your husband or your close confidants. we think venting makes us feel better but a lot of times with women it can actually increase depression. >> it's going to absolutely add to your problems. you're going to multiply them. one person's mad at you now, you're going to have thousands mad at you. >> what about a social circle? you talk to a friend, they're like he is a jerk, you get aur
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la all lathered out? >> when in doubt, leave it out. you just don't know if somebody knows somebody else or they might be offended by a certain type of information when you're in mixed company. another thing that's been lost is you have to have other things to talk about besides just your personal life. shift the subject and talk about a play, the movie, the weather. >> some people don't go to plays, don't go to movies, only go to bars and only hook up with people and that's their whole life world view. >> it becomes very small. it becomes -- >> sometimes when you meet a friend -- a new friend, you connect with, sometimes it is tempting, let's be honest. you you and i on our very first meted, we didn't know each other, we blurted it all out on day one. >> you have no idea the stuff i didn't tell you. however, she did tell me it all. >> that's fine. if you make a connection with somebody i think that's okay. i think what we're talking about is a broader audience and that could be problematic. >> but i'm looking back at what you're talking about, that day was really about -- there were
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things about family but it was all -- nothing was something that your family wouldn't have wanted you to say. we both talk about having a divorce but neither one of us talked about the intimacies of that divorce. so that's the difference. it's not the subject, it's the details. >> right. it absolutely is the details. to that point, you can kind of visualize. if you're telling a story about somebody else, visualize that that person is there. would they be offended by what you're saying? particularly when women get together and talk about their husbands or talk about their sister. you want to keep those close relationships close to the vest because they are the people -- if you put your information out there, people are just wanting to destroy it and pick it apart. we see that on reality tv shows. we see that with celebrities. >> or they resend it, retweet it. then it becomes kind of a game. i worry about the kids. we all grew up and were taught and knew what was polite to say outloud. that compared to "jersey shore."
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>> but they actually found intelligent words to convey everything. >> kids now what they are used to and think is normal is saying absolutely anything. so i think that parents have to work a little bit harder. >> a lot harder. a lot. >> thanks, ladies. >> i'm thoroughly depressed. up next -- sara does a two-step with the crowd before we side step the questions. >> we're going to answe them all, honestly. that's what we do. this child is taking a test. all he has to do to pass... is have a better night. which means helping put bedwetting frustrations... midnight sheet changes... and mommy wake up calls. to bed. introducing new goodnites bed mats. if your child is bedwetting, take the goodnites better night test. just place, peel, and protect. and see how goodnites bed mats can help. ♪ you make me happy
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it is time for "3-2-1 live with sara haines" corralling our crowd across the street at the nbc experience. >> first up, megan from staten island. >> so when did you want to start your career? >> oh. long before i got out of school. how about you? >> i wasn't as little as you but i was probably in high school when i knew i wanted to be -- what do you want to be? >> a chef. >> of course you do. >> you could start now. you could start your skills now.
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how old are you, darling? >> 9 years old. >> even before that i wanted to be an actress and a singer. but now i'm stuck doing this with hoba. >> careful. >> thank you. up next, olivia from california. >> if you could change anything in your life, what would it be? >> besides my gut and my thighs? i'll think about that one. >> what would i change in my life? i kind of like it. i don't know. i sort of like what's happening. >> you're on top of the world. >> i'm kind of groovin' on it. what would you change? >> yeah! see? >> it's not great, is it? >> that's a tough question. >> let's squeeze another one in. >> it's too much information to share it with you. >> sara, we got to run. but she looks beautiful. >> let her say her question. >> stephanie from virginia -- >> wants to know where are your favorite places to shop? >> too much information. >> thanks for calling.
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>> i need suggestions. >> go to saks. >> bloomingdale's. neiman marcus, lord & taylor. >>om> coming up, is it okay to sign a waiver before a play date? hour after hour. ♪ it all starts with new 48-hour nivea extended moisture nivea. touch and be touched. now bring the world a touch closer. join our million moments of touch movement and be entered in nivea's daily date night sweepstakes. [ facilitator ] what do you smell? takes me outdoors. sort of a crisp, fresh feeling. [ facilitator ] go ahead and take your blindfold off. [ laughs ] [ male announcer ] the febreze set & refresh. breathe happy for 30 days, guaranteed.
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good morning. the time is 10:26. i'm jon kelley. sandbags are in the mission
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district to protect against flooding after last night's big time storms. we showed you this yesterday morning, it is flooded with sewage and rainwater, and created a mess in homes and businesses. the kind of flooding that happened here before. public works spent millions of dollars trying to improve sewer lines in the area in 2008, trying to prevent stormwater systems from overflowing like they did. clearly, still a lot of work to be done. the family of a berkeley man attacked and murdered outside his home in february is speaking out today. police face back lash for not sending officers sooner when he called on a nonemergency line to report a trespasser. the family attorney says they don't believe the police did their job and he did call an emergency line. they plan tosideut o autn oakland law office this morning. a look at the forecast after this break.
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welcome back. the time is 10:29. we still have some thunderstorms rolling through the bay area, although they are isolated in nature, and nothing like we had overnight. you can see a lot of these cells are falling apart as they make it into the south bay. right now, mostly dry from san francisco through the north bay. we expect more showers through the day today. later in the day, the better the
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conditions. drying out, warming up sunday to 70 degrees. we hit the mid 70s staying comfortable tuesday. storm watch continues on nbc bay area at 11:00 in one half hour. more on the giants opesshi afternoon against the padres. see you then. we're back on this try day friday with "today's style" and ways to enhans what you already have. a lot of women are so busy hiding body parts but we're about to learn how you should flaunt them. >> style expert and author jenay luciani is here to help you show off your best assets. >> we have one that is an asset. >> we love your tricks. let's get started. our first model wants to define her waistline. >> yes. this is a great trick. i love this dress. this is a color win-win.
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from fashion bug. great option for fuller figured women and also at the fashion bug stores. i love that it is a great trick with color blocking, put the bright color up top, darker on the bottom. the ruching at the waist helps define her waist. loving this deep plunging neckline, sort of visually slimming the frame. >> i can't believe that's a $40 dress. >> just a nice fun pop of color with the snake band. >> nice little shoes. now we have mel. >> she wants to look taller. >> a lot of women think they can't do pleats? pleats are a huge trend right now. actually the way that the vertical pleats are on this skirt from the limited make her look taller which is great. all one color, a little bit of a higher waist which is another trick women tend to stay away
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from. just paired with a nice easy t-shirt. even the long dangling necklace is another trick for make being the illusion of tallness happen. >> she's got a nice wedge on. >> she's got a nice wedge on from target. instead of heels or flip-flops, a lot of women typically do with the maxi skirt. >> $80. >> thanks, mel. melinda feels like her back side falls a little flat. >> we have these great -- again a lot of women who are curvy tend to stay away from white from white jeans are such a staple. these actually have built-in sha shapewear. they really do lift her butt and give it that nice -- >> lifting and separating.
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>> she feels so good about it, she can show it off. >> show that junk. >> yeah, baby sglimpls. >> are they comfy, those jeans? >> very. >> nice and stretchy. even the thick fabric helps conceal a little bit. >> very nice. carla wants to boost her bustline. >> here i have this great spring wrap dress from land's end. believe it or not a wrap dress can be a great trick for making you look a little bustier up top. added a ruffled sweater from jcpenney. visual depth up top. nice chunky necklace. >> all these are so affordable. i cannot believe the price points. >> under $100 for everything. $95 for the dress. $20 for the cardigan. >> let's bring out all of our ladies. >> spring models! thanks so much. thank you so much. next, signing a waiver for a play date. >> can you believe this?
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it's a small change that can make a big difference. ♪ now on "today's moms," and new trend in the neighborhood. get this -- being asked to sign a waiver before play date, getting kids together is supposed to be a fun and friendly activity. >> how would you feel if the parent of your child's pal asked you to sign a waiver before they allowed your kid to come over
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and play? stacy kaiser is a psychotherapist and jacoby wrote about in it a blog. the first i heard about it when we read our notes, people being asked to sign a waiver. >> it is new and it is unusual but it is very much happening. it surprises people because it is so new. so you walk in to have a play date with your child, the next thing you know the parent's saying can you sign this in case there is an injury in my house? >> why did you write this blog? had it happened to you personally? >> what i saw was it didn't happen to me personally but people kept on asking me about it. so as a lawyer and as a mom, parents were coming to me and they were saying, hey, wait a minute, someone's asking me to sign a waiver, one parent actually showed me the waiver attached to a birthday party invitation and said do you think i should sign this. >> what did you say? >> you know, i tell every parent
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trust your gut. if you don't want to sign something, i never think it's a great idea to sign it. >> but are these parents having, let's say, a trampoline party -- >> or their kid's like wild and weird? >> who's doing it? >> or just for an average every day thing where accidents happen and -- but you should know this as an attorney, too. you have homeowners insurance, liability insurance in your own home, don't you? >> you do. i tell paints if you have a specific safety concern in your home, like a pool, talk to your insurance agent and see what they say. you might want an umbrella policy. you may want to take certain safety precautions. >> i can't believe we're talking about it. >> it is such a litigious world. >> you don't want to feel that way when it comes to your friends. it is a red flag to me. it would make me think what is actually going to happen at this house. i want to tell parents what to
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do about that. if you have somebody that wants you to sign a waiver and it is uncomfortable to you, you need to go with your instincts. my advice would be don't leave your kid at that house. stay there or take them house. >> i think that's exactly what i would have done. >> i was reading somewhere in the note a kid slid in the dirt in someone's backyard, cut his leg, had a couple of stitches and sued the family. >> yeah. they were just playing baseball in the backyard and -- >> so it happens. >> yeah. this kid just ends up having a run of the mill type injury and then suing his parents -- his parents sue the parent with the yard for $50,000. >> for what damage? >> it was pain and suffering, all that mental anguish and stuff. >> then put your kid in -- a hazmat suit -- yeah. they have more problems than just legal issues. >> don't you think this is diagram -- i know it is a very litigious society, then the practical part of me says since there are parents like that, you
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don't mow. if someone comes to your house, falls off the couch and hurts themselves an their parents say we're going to sue you. >> you made a great point, probably not even realizing -- you got to know -- you got to know your kid and who your kid's friends are. >> that was not my point! >> but it was. >> no, it wasn't. >> it should have been! >> is this segment over? >> i think it is practical. but i also don't know if it is realistic because part of what's supposed to happen if our children are having play dates is we're supposed to be friends. if there is an injury i want to hope we'll handle it without having to go to court. >> you ever seen "the god of carnage" play? oh, my gosh! >> if they had had some waivers -- >> yeah. thanks so much. sorry you had to come all the way from california for this. we hope we don't have to sign a waiver for this next one. it is a little bit >> wife's never signed a waiver for this. incredible wildlife from around
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(man) register today for the... and receive $25 off your registration fee. because everyone deserves a lifetime. we're back with "today's call of the wild." >> from a slow moving sloth to something called a rox -- this guy's totally chowing down. >> these guys are rain forest animals. everybody around here has been asking, are there always sloths? yes. he is adorable. this is tess from seaworld san diego. one of our animal ambassadors. what's really cool is they are rain forest animals. true rain forest animals. not only can they not live
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outside of the rain forest because they have very low meta b metabolic activity but the rain forests can't live without the sloths either. >> they're living fine at busch gardens. >> they're in the wild. they need a very narrow temperature that they're comfortable in. >> this seems huge. >> tessie is huge actually. >> she can hear you. >> this is a different species of sloth and she is actually large for her size. >> she is full-figured. >> our next one is the animal you guys were oohing and ohing. this is a little north american river otter. >> he's a baby. >> he was rescued underneath a
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porch where he was orphaned by his family. >> he's getting crazy. >> he's 2 1/2 months old right now. he's just kind of loving the texture of the carpet here. >> is he? >> beautiful fur. >> isn't that fur gorgeous? >> that's why they've been trapped and are still trapped across the country for their fur. >> i've never known anybody that had an otter coat though. i hope -- precious. >> this type of coat actually not only keeps them warm in really cold water, which of course when they live in the northern climates which gets freezing at times, but it also shakes dry so basically when they come out of the water, they go like this -- and they're dry. >> you guys hang on to him. tess, you stay there. we're going to bring out a little wallaby as well. this is from seaworld in san antonio. this is norah.
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>> he's eating the cord! >> give him the bottle. he's liking the notes. a lot of people don't realize whether it is -- >> he ate something. is he okay? >> he's not going to go to the bathroom for ten days either. >> but this is a wallaby that has the same type of system with the offspring as kangaroos do. like i said, he's going through his teething phase so everything is about trying to grab it and eat rather than suck on it. >> the kangaroo is getting no attention. >> it's a wallaby. you've insulted everyone of our guests! >> this guy is getting no air. >> the wallaby is actually a great ambassador because it teaches people about the marsupial family of animals. they are the ones that have very small offspring.
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they're actually very underdeveloped when they are born. our last animal is actually -- i'm going to hand off this guy right here. >> bring on the pyrex. >> it's not cooking dish. >> isn't this cool? this guy is a small mammal from africa. distantly related to the elephant -- it's okay. had is what these guys do. in the wild they actually run on rocks, up and down. and they can scale these rocks because they have little feet that are actually like little gummy bears. so they're like little sticky feet and they just climb up and down -- >> who has more fun than you? >> come to seaworld in the busch gardens and have this much fun! >> up next, chef scott conan has a winning recipe for tonight's dinner. >> this is "today" on nbc!
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now on "today's kitchen," what's cooking. chef scott conan is here with us, he grew up in an italian-american household. his love for cooking had him taking lessons at the age of 11. >> today he's regarded as one of the most respected chefs in new york for bringing in an unwavering passion to create food for the soul. and he also makes great balls. >> i brought these balls here for you. >> thanks. we always appreciate that. >> i've heard that about you. >> hey, hey, hey. talk to us about what you're making. >> we're making some noodie. it is the inside part of the ravioli without the pasta. >> the little lower calorie one,
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in a sense. >> i guess. >> the cheese. >> exactly. >> here we have spimpnach, add ricotta directly to that. we have a little bit of flour. the key is to add as little flour as possible. >> why is that the key? >> because it really creates a more tender ball. >> then why did you put so much flour out there? >> a little breadcrumbs as well. parmesan cheese. mix it all up. it looks like this. this is the final product. >> what were you grating in there? >> nutmeg. >> is that important? >> that's a matter of taste. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> we make about one-inch round balls. now what i do, i do 1 of 2 things. i will either shock them, cook them, and put them in ice water -- like this. once they float for a couple minutes afterwards, we'll shock
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them again. these are the shock balls. >> okay. of course they are. you cook them again. >> i bet they are shock. you throw them in that water. oh, yeah. >> here we have some fresh tomato sauce. i will add this -- >> no, stop it! what is that. >> tomato extract. it is kind of more concentrated than tomato paste. when you add it to the sauce it really absorbs a lot of that liquid. >> wow. the smell of that -- woo! >> it's really, really powerful. >> smells like italy. >> it sure does. >>fy feel like it is getting a little bit too thin, i'll add a little bit of the stock. >> how long are you supposed to cook those balls? >> i'm going to cook them until they're warm. it's about 45 seconds to a minute before they are -- in
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order to come them the first time. >> then you don't bake them? >> no. then i'm going to put them right in the sauce, toss them around, put them on the plate. >> that's it? >> this is very simple. this is done. put them on the plate, top with a little parmesan cheese. crushed red pepper. little bit of fresh basil. >> we're going to give those a go. >> hoda can't -- >> thank you so much. coming up next, the one, the only, julie andrews is with us. >> and zac efron. >> we have a very big show. >> the real housewives of new jersey, too. have an awesome weekend, everybody. i'm now going to have a bite of his ball. dinner's ready.
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